Why is Hurricane Matthew national news?
More people will die by suicide in the days of Hurricane Matthew than it will kill. The CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System notes that 42,000 people in the U.S. committed suicide in 2014 and an additional 16,000 were homicides. Let’s break that down:
On average that means that 115 people will kill themselves today.
43 people will be killed in a homicide today, although it is closer to 44 (43.84).
And our national media outlets believe that this hurricane is more important to be reporting about than what we as a nation are doing to create better mental healthcare solutions in America.
Honestly folks, I believe that the number one issue our country faces is mental healthcare. If we can get everyone talking about it and going deeper into it then we will see what the real problems in our nation are – they are moral and psychological in nature.
Presuppositions are at the heart of mental healthcare. They define a divide that continues growing between the American Psychological Association, religiously founded morality, and the application of philosophical dead ends like post modernism, religious relativism, and natural theology.
Our mental health hinges on our presuppositions and what we do as a result of those in terms of seeking help. We each need to know what we believe and why we believe it because this drastically impacts how each person views and processes every aspect of their life.
This is why one person can say, “until the baby comes out of the mother’s womb, the mother has every RIGHT to determine whether to abort the pregnancy or not.” And another person says, “as soon as the zygote forms, when the sperm and egg unite, then the baby has all the rights of the mother and is independently human, fully protected as an individual.” Homosexuality, polygamy, fornication, adultery, self-pleasure, cross-dressing, monogamy, divorce, prearranged marriages, the definition of marriage, gender identity, and any other variation thereof are all processed through our presuppositions. And these presuppositions determine who is trusted by each individual for mental healthcare and whether people will seek help to modify or confirm their behavior.
So while you are being inundated with Hurricane Matthew please take time to see who is hurting around you. Get to know that silent coworker that eats lunch by themselves everyday. Isolate and talk to the outgoing guy who always seems to be loud and obnoxious, but who is possibly torn apart inside and just longing for someone to take time to listen, really listen. And evaluate your own presuppositions. Do you need to make time to talk to a counselor? pastor? trusted friend or elder? psychiatrist?
If we truly care about the future of the human race then we should really care about mental health. And caring about mental health means investing in each other relationally. Remove the stigma. Talk. Listen. Get help.
Much love to each of you,
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 NKJV
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3