Our children are dying from accidents, violence, suicide, and infectious disease? When you take a look at what is killing our young people, you find that children, boys, and girls, die from accidents, violence, suicide, and infectious disease, and since 2020, though in ages 15-24, there has been higher mortality among boys and less for girls in that age group.
Accidents have been the number one killer of children in the United States since the sixties. Why are Our Children Dying from accidents, violence, suicide, and infectious disease?
Top Causes of Child Deaths
Some common risk factors that may contribute to suicidal behavior include
|Mental health conditions
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It is important to note that not everyone who experiences these risk factors will attempt suicide, and not everyone who attempts suicide has these risk factors.
One teenage suicide survivor recently told me,
“There is no love in the world.
Only Hate. So, what’s the point?”
Is it true? Is this sentiment common? Are our young people taking their own lives because there is no love in the world? Because there is only hate? Ergo, they have no desire to live in a world like that.
I am not saying this is the only reason that youth in the United States take their lives. Today, I only have this one example. Drilling down for more information gave me more details to add to the mix.
We all know that since the COVID-19 epidemic and lockdown, isolation and depression are on the rise, and they go hand-in-hand. Loneliness and depression are the big players in suicides, or in this case, suicide attempts.
Hate is running rampant as our society moves toward intolerant treatment of issues and people in black or white, it’s this or that or you are (enter derogatory term) i.e., bad, evil, lost, stupid, should be ashamed of yourself, punished, or put to death.
Oh, and this youth noticed that there is a great deal of inconsistency or hypocrisy among those who are quick to judge and hate others. Observant, smart kid.
In more practical terms, still living in the parent’s home, the parents are intolerant of the teen’s friends, even their belief systems among themselves are a source of contention, and if the teen dares to defy the parents’ belief systems, there will be hell to pay.
So much intolerance and dysfunction and this teen is finding little relief in the idea that most families in the United States are in the same boat. This child would like to live a better life but can see no chance at the present.
This child does not believe in love. If love did exist, it would be a far-off fantasy reserved for animated stories for immature children, not within reach due to the overwhelming proliferation of dissent, discontent, discord, and “my way or the highway” mentality.
If nothing else, hate is a huge prevalent force in the world today, you see it in all communications: this country hates that country, this political party hates that political party, the vegans hate the carnivores, the healthy hate the disabled, the churchgoers hate the unchurched, average people hate the pretty people, the poor hate the rich, the taxpayers hate how their taxes are being spent, it goes on and on ad infinitum.
Where is the Love?
It cannot be seen or comprehended. Only fear and judgment are readily apparent in the world today.
No Reason to Live
“So, what’s the point?” Exactly. So many who have taken their own lives had come to the conclusion that
Life was not worth living
There is no reason to live
The pain of living another day was just too much to handle
If there is no point in living life on this planet at this time, why not end it now?
This is not the world we should be presenting to our children.
I don’t know about you, but I am ashamed. I am not ashamed of my peers, for they are only doing the best they can with what they have. I am ashamed of myself, that I have let the world get to a place that looks like this to our children, and to their children.
Our children need a reason to live.
This place looks like this right now. Let me tell you, there are so many reasons to live in this time and place.
Please forgive me.
There is so much more to this world than meets the eye.
You, and the bright future that is calling to you right now, bless me, and it will you, too. You give me a reason to live, I can only hope to reciprocate in kind.
I love you.
And love? It is everywhere, even though it is not easily found, and you will see so much more of it from me.
I will take the responsibility to show you this hidden world because I believe in you.