The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just reported that 16 percent of U.S. teens have considered suicide as of 2011. That’s up from 13.8 percent in 2009.
Also, the number of attempted suicides has increased from 6.3 percent in 2009 to 7.8 percent in 2011, making it the third leading cause of death among teenagers.
Why the increase? One psychologist suggests that constant digital communication allows for increased bullying. That’s part of it, but I think there is more.
Culture matters, and ours just isn’t one that recognizes intrinsic human dignity. If unborn children and the elderly are unworthy of life because they’re inconvenient, do we not think that teens will see that human value is unstable? Cultural practices embed definitions into our daily life. Ours has been called a “culture of death,” and I think teens can be unexpected casualties. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.