The suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds doubled between 2007 and 2014, for the first time surpassing the death rate in that age group from car crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014 alone, 425 middle schoolers nationwide took their own lives.”
Bullying is one of the biggest factors in childhood suicides. According to The Record, “Young students in prior generations left school each afternoon and avoided someone who bullied them until the next day or week. Now, social media allows for bullying 24/7 — and the bully doesn’t even have to be someone the child knows.”
* Pray for depressed and bullied middle schoolers and teenagers to obtain emotional support from their families, friends, neighbors, and churches.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort depressed students and convict the bullies of the harm they perpetrate.
* Pray for families grieving because a son, daughter, brother or sister committed suicide.
* Pray for parents, teachers and youth ministers to have discernment in how to respond to a suicidal student.