Faith-Hope-Love Day

Sunday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. One in five American adults has a mental health condition. That's over 40 million Americans - or more than the population of the states of New York and Florida combined.
This weekend, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention invites faith communities across the world to pray for those whose lives that have been touched by suicide. We can pray that we can all grow in faith that brings hope, and hope that brings life.
Between 2000 and 2014, the suicide rate in the United States rose from 10.43% (per 100,000) to 13.41%. Over the same time period, the suicide rate for males went from 17.11% to 21.20%. Among females, the rate rose from 4% to 5.97%. This means that men die by suicide at four times the rate of women.

We can also pledge to be aware of those around us who are struggling with any of life's challenges, especially those affected in any way by suicide, and pledge to be there for them in their times of need. Challenge yourself to be there in person, be there with care, and be there with prayer.
Although suicide rates are lower among younger age groups than older adults, suicide is one of the top four causes of death among people ages 44 and younger. Lesser known signs that someone may be suffering from a mental health disorder include the misuse of prescription drugs, marijuana use, risky sex, internet addiction, compulsive spending, and compulsive exercising.
To learn more about mental health behaviors, triggers, or to find help visit the Mental Health America website. The website offers free screening tools and resources on where to get help, and find out how you can volunteer your time.
In addition to the thousands of people who die by suicide every year, many more attempt suicide but do not die. For every suicide death there are approximately:
  • 3 hospitalization for a suicide attempt
  • 10 emergency department visits for a suicide attempt
  • 33 attempts that do not result in hospitalization or emergency department visits

On Sunday, Faith-Hope-Love Day, pray for emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. We often pray and care for those with physical concerns, such as cancer or heart disease, and often forget about those who are mentally ill.  Use the day to be mindful of those dealing with mental health concerns. If you have struggled with a mental health illness, share your experience on social media on Sunday using #mentalillnessfeelslike to encourage others.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. <3

  2. Thank you for sharing that quote. It's important for us to take all types of illness seriously, not just those that are physical and easier to understand.