More and more Americans are taking their own lives. How the church can step up.
Interview by Morgan Lee
In 2015, more than 44,000 Americans died by suicide — one death every 12 minutes, as the Department of Health and Human Services put it. The overall suicide rate has grown by nearly 30 percent over the past 15 years, prompting some to call it a new public health crisis. Al Hsu knows this reality personally. Nine months after the InterVaristy Press senior editor got married, he received a phone call from his mother. "Daddy killed himself," she told him. The aftermath of his father's death sparked Hsu to reflect and research, the results of which found their way into Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers, and Hope, first published in 2002 and re-released this year. continue reading >>