Saturday, February 5, 2011
Captain America Takes On Suicide
I find the topic of suicide to be on of a very dear concern. It is a sin that will forever rob us being with the Lord in his kingdom. Unfortunately it is very high among the elderly, military personnel, those suffering economic hardships, and other specific catagories. Suicide is the 11th leading cause in the United States in 2006. This article addresses America's youths, and it attempts to plant the seed in their mind that suicide is not a good option for inner turmoils. It is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
As we have been taught in our classes, one must always ask a client in distress if they are considering harming themselves or others. Captain America is an American Icon that has been popular for generations thus far. The comic book itself was written by a psychologist and it is called "A Little Help". The article is found at http://www.wellsvilledaily.com/news/x549730293/County-using-Captain-America-to-fight-teen-suicideThe title is interesting because those considering suicide may just need a helping hand or a push in the right direction to see things clearly. While there are many other cases that are more complicated, this is an excellent means to put out the word to American youth that suicide is not the right method of action.
The bible directly addresses the act of committing suicide; "Human life is sacred, since we are created in God’s image" (Gen. 1:27). Having been created in God's image, we also take another quote to point out that: "God as the Creator has power over all existence. He alone should control life, whether it continues or stops" (Job 1:21; 1 Cor. 6:19). It concerns me to see that hardships and personal battles do in fact cause such a terrible solution to be conceived. The comic book may be geared towards the younger age of American culture, but the message that is in existence has gained momentum in the media and is now something that may be carried in places as simple as a waiting room. I know that I read magazines and comic books that I find in the waiting rooms, and hopefully it can help a random person in need to do something as important as calling the national hot line for suicide for guidance.