Suicide is one of the leading causes of death. In 2020, nearly 45,000 died by suicide across the nation, while in San Diego County 419 took their own lives, a rate of more than one a day. The pandemic has amplified feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety. Everyone is affected, regardless of age, race, religion, socioeconomic status, or gender.
As church leaders become more aware of the warning signs, and as more mental health professionals see the value of a person’s spirituality in the healing process, appropriate resources within our communities can assist individuals in distress.
We, at the Diocese of San Diego, are committed to breaking the stigma around suicide, helping those who are at risk as well as those left behind. We ask that you please pray with us for the families and communities impacted by this terrible tragedy.