Danger of Isolation
The suicide of Robin Williams was a tragic event but hopefully it will spur redemptive conversation about the issue of depression. Based upon averages, Williams was joined by 59 other men who took their own life the day he ended his.
Approximately 60 men commit suicide each day in America. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is more common than homicide. Experts say situations like Williams can be all the more challenging because of what they call "masked" or "male-type" depression. The symptoms are not as obvious and are often hidden from others.
Mental illness issues are complex and have no easy remedies, but we can at least try to stem the tide by making sure people don't fall into isolation. Taking the time to notice people and tangibly care about them won't solve the problem, but it may give hope and help to someone who is desperately masking deep internal pain and most of that internal pain comes from hopelessness.
Christianity has a message of hope and where hope resides peace is sure to follow. So help give someone a message of hope this month. Help give them the peace that can only come from Christ.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27