Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are two high profile examples of people who appear to have “everything going for them.” Fame, prosperity, and a life of seeming freedom and choice. Yet, these well known and well-loved people were clearly dealing with some degree of unspoken pain, stress or depression.
Suicide and its underlying causes of stress and depression are topics we don’t talk about enough. Yet it is something that touches us all. The annual suicide rate in the United States is 13.4 per 100.000. Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women, however, suicide rates among women is on the rise, up by 60% in recent years. On average, 123 people die by suicide per day.
We live in a world of increasing demand and expectations of our time, money, and energy and we all are susceptible to feeling overwhelmed by it. Stress levels are reported to be on the rise, up 34% in the last year. More people are on medications for stress, anxiety or depression in American than anywhere else in the world. While depression is a serious medical condition that requires diagnosis and treatment, its precursor is stress. Too often we take on more and more stress and don’t take direct action to manage, balance and reduce this stress.
But it does not have to be this way. There are things you can do to reduce stress and increase your emotional well being.
- Meditation is proven to have significant health benefits, improving heart rates, reducing stress and providing mental and emotional ease.
- Being actively engaged in a spiritual community:
- increasing your social connections and
- finding ways to be of service to others.
At New Thought Center for Spiritual Living – we want you to know that you are not alone. If you are reading this message, you are not alone. We are committed to creating a space where you are heard, seen and appreciated, just as you are.
Whoever you are, be proud for you are a Divine Idea in the Mind of God.
– Ernest Holmes
- Our Licensed Spiritual Practitioners are here to pray with you and provide spiritual guidance in your life. You can learn more and reach out to a practitioner here
- Fill out a Prayer Request online – click here
- National Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255
- Suicide Bereavement Support right here in Portland OR: www.SBSnw.org
- Grief Specialist, our own Georgina Eggleston – learn more about her work here
Georgina Eggleston recent appearance on AMNW