In a dizzying week that saw two celebrities taking their own lives..fashion designer Kate Spade and globe-trotting chef Anthony Bourdain... phone numbers for suicide hotlines were everywhere. They were published by news outlets and plastered across social media, with reminders to reach out to places like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help.
The result was a surge of traffic to crisis hotlines, some of which beefed up staffing twice last week — once after Spade's death and again after Bourdain's.
It's estimated that at least 30,000 people take their own lives here in the U.S. each year.
According to some experts, that number continues to rise.
Christ-follower have you ever considered taking your own life?
How did God intervene?
What do we need to understand about this issue?
What are the warning signs?
Maybe you experienced the suicide of someone close to you.
What words of comfort can you share with those who have lost someone in this way?
Kurt Goff is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He has more than 25 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. With Jesus Christ at the center and the Bible as the guide, each broadcast of Kurt Goff Live reminds listeners that they are not alone and that Christ loves them through the ups and downs of their life. Goff is a graduate of Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.