Faith and spirituality is an unobstructed path to hope.
Forensic Psychiatrist, Michael Wellner – Oprah Winfrey Show
I have patients who are at a level of despair that I can not reach. We do not have a pill for “Hope”.
Chair – Department of Psychiatry
Three Hospital System
GlaxoSmithKline was promoting the drug [Paxil] for use by teenagers even though it had never been cleared by the FDA for anyone under 18. The company also knew—but hadn’t revealed to doctors and patients—that, in some children, Paxil seemed to magnify their distress and increase their risk of thinking about or attempting suicide. GSK also seemed to be manipulating data from its clinical trials to minimize the number of suicides or attempts that might be blamed on its pills—“cooking the books,” in the words of a former Navy lawyer who took on the British pharma giant.
U.S. Department of Justice announced that GlaxoSmithKline had agreed to pay $3 billion in criminal and civil fines for its misdeeds in inappropriately marketing Paxil and another antidepressant, Wellbutrin;…
The settlement agreement and the attached documents were full of juicy details that have now been widely reported: How GSK orchestrated the publication of a “misleading,” ghost-written study purporting to show that Paxil helped children when evidence suggested the opposite.
“If pharma companies can flout the law and then simply write a check when they get caught, they’re never going to stop,” said Sean Tracey. “The money is too large. Until and unless someone’s liberty comes to jeopardy, they simply consider this the cost of doing business.”
THUS, the consensus report identified Stigma and Discrimination as playing a key role, especially acts such as Rejection or Abuse by Family Members or Peers, Bullying and Harassment, Denunciation from Religious Communities and Individual Discrimination.
The Journal of Homosexuality
(A Peer Reviewed Academic Journal)
Single people, gay people, the newly widowed, the suddenly unemployed, the terminally ill, and the lonely were all found to be at an increased risk for suicide.
Joiner [a chaired professor at Florida State University, in Tallahassee] argues that “the desire to die” begins with loneliness, a thwarted need for inclusion and connection. That explains why suicide rates rise by a third on the continuum from married to never been married.
The need to belong is so strong, Joiner says, that it sometimes expresses itself even in death. “I’m walking to the bridge,” begins a Golden Gate Bridge suicide note he cites. “If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.” The writer jumped. He was alone…
The life-saving power of belonging may help explain why, in America, blacks and Hispanics have long had much lower suicide rates than white people. They are more likely to be lashed together by poverty, and more enduringly tied by the bonds of faith and family.
It was certainly because my thoughts, and the thoughts of my fellow Christian Scientists, were grounded in a spiritual understanding of identity, and of Christly love, that we were able to very naturally embrace and love a beautiful young woman, whom we had known as a boy who had blossomed into a fine young man, and love having her with us in our gatherings.
Video – For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.
From the August 1995 issue of The Christian Science Journal
In his article “Knowing loneliness,” the Reverend J. A. Davidson is onto something. Speaking of “what the Bible calls love, the active caring for and caring about the needs and sufferings of others,” he says, “We alleviate our own loneliness as, lovingly, caringly, we help alleviate the loneliness of others.”
Even a simple act of kindness can serve to restore one’s sense of worth as an individual and of connectedness with others. And you never know what it might do for the other person. An account I read in a newspaper article years ago has stayed with me as a potent reminder of the difference unselfed love can make in the life of another. The author had been saved from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco when a pedestrian had remarked casually in passing, “I like your hiking boots.”
God is Love, and He is always loving us unconditionally. So often, however, the human tendency is to believe we can be separated from ever-present Love. This belief causes us to focus on yearning to be loved by, rather than to express love for, God and our fellowman. But this attitude of thought can lead us to feeling alone and unloved even when we actually are in the presence of those who dearly love us. It is unequivocally true that feelings of being valued and loved come with expressing love. We know and feel at one with the love of God for us much more fully when we take an unselfish interest in others. As the Apostle John says: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”1