More Children are Dying by Suicide. Researchers are Asking Why

September 12, 2018





Key Paragraphs:


1. Samantha Kuberski hanged herself with a belt from a crib. She was 6.

Razy Sellars was 11 when he took his life. Gabriel Taye was 8. Jamel Myles was 9.


2.Suicide in elementary school-aged children remains rare: 53 children aged 11 and younger took their lives in 2016, the last year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has data. But medical professionals and researchers have noted alarming increases in the last decade – deaths more than doubled from 2008 to 2016 – and rising numbers of young children visiting emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts.


3."You hear of all these kids taking their lives and you just don’t understand why it is," says Christine Sellars, Razy's grandmother. "I don’t know if it’s the changing times, the way kids are brought up today or the peer pressure.


4. Carl Walker-Hoover was 11 when he wrapped an extension cord around his neck and hanged himself from a rafter in his family's Springfield, Massachusetts, home in 2009.


5. Garner blames a toxic mix of violent video games, overuse of social media and dangerous neighborhoods. "Everything’s desensitized," he says. "Death is something these kids know about. They have the resources to get all the negativity” – but not to get help.


6. Fay wishes she had discouraged Razy and his brothers from playing the violent video game FortniteShe wonders what's wrong with society that children want to end their own lives.







Prophetic Application:


We are living in the midst of an “epidemic of crime,” at which thoughtful, God-fearing men everywhere stand aghast. The corruption that prevails, it is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of political strife, bribery, and fraud. Every day brings its heart-sickening record of violence and lawlessness, of indifference to human suffering, of brutal, fiendish destruction of human life. Every day testifies to the increase of insanity, murder, and suicide. Who can doubt that satanic agencies are at work among men with increasing activity to distract and corrupt the mind, and defile and destroy the body?—The Ministry of Healing, 142, 143.


Let all reading of this character be banished from your houses, let books that are useful, instructive and elevating, be placed in your libraries and upon your tables, with the Review and Herald, our church paper, and the Signs of the Times, our missionary paper, and the effect upon both parents and children will be good. During these long winter evenings, let parents see that all their children are at home, and then let the time be devoted to the reading of the Scriptures and other interesting books that will impart knowledge and inculcate right principles. Let the best reader be selected to read aloud while other members of the family are engaged in useful occupations. Thus these evenings at home may be made both pleasant and profitable. Pure healthful reading will be to the mind what healthful food is to the body. You will thus become stronger to resist temptation, to form right habits, and to act upon right principles.—The Review and Herald, December 26, 1882. { PM 377.1}

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