Taking the path away from suicide

 

When today’s contributor was on the verge of committing suicide, the idea that we are all designed to express God’s joyful, vibrant nature proved lifesaving.

Globally, suicide rates are down. While further progress is still needed – especially in the United States, an exception to the downward trend – I’m so encouraged by this global statistic. Everyone has the right to feel hope, love, and peace rather than despair.

There was a time in my life when suicide seemed to be the only option. An escalating addiction to drugs; meaningful relationships either dead in the water or dead, period; flunking out of college; and feeling completely cut off from my family – all this made me believe there was nothing to live for. Add to that toxic mix a family history of depression and bipolar disorder.

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