According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention suicide rates increased in all but one state between 1999 and 2016. In 2016, there were twice as many suicides and homicides in the United States. Last week, a group of high school students took to the streets of Denver to launch a campaign to cut suicide rates in half. They gave away “Its ok to be not ok” bracelets and sought to engage anyone and everyone in conversation.

A few years ago in Anna, Texas, with a population less than 2,000, the town was rocked by a series of suicides and suicide attempts. Three times in a 16-day stretch the police responded to calls involving apparent suicides or suicide attempts. Churches in the city urged residents to gather at Slayter Creek Park in Anna to pray for the city, its residents and for its leaders.

Bill Tinsley reflects on current events and life experience from a faith perspective. Visit www.tinsleycenter.com. Email bill@tinsleycenter.com.

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