WASHINGTON — Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, issues the following statement:
“Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain: they had everything you could ever want — money, influence, success and fame. By the world’s standard, they should have been happy and fulfilled. For many, this is why news of their suicides is so shocking. How could people with picture-perfect lives be mired in such hopelessness that the most alluring escape is suicide?
“Here’s the truth: It isn’t that those considering suicide hate life. They hate life the way it is. The reality is that a meaningful life does not flow from any amount of fame, power or possessions. We are learning more and more how mental health struggles and the pace, pain and pressures of everyday life can cloud the mind, fuel rumination, make burdens seem impossible to bear and increase feelings of isolation.
“This is an issue both everyday citizens and governments, big and small, must address. Suicide should strike at the heart of people of all faiths and even those of no faith. If we really believe life is precious, we cannot remain quiet. If someone near you is hurting, reach out with compassion and make sure he knows he doesn’t have to face the struggles alone. We are dealing with a global mental health crisis, one we must confront as we would any other humanitarian crisis. There’s no time to lose.”
Tim Clinton, Ed. D., LPC, LMFT is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors, the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He serves as the Executive Director and Dean of Education for the James Dobson Family Institute and is recurring cohost of Dr. Dobson’s signature radio program, Family Talk. The author of over 30 books, he is licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Clinton is recognized as a world leader in mental health and relationship issues and spends much of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. Follow him @DrTimClinton.
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