Most Americans believe they are seeing an epidemic in the United States of people taking their own lives.
But most Americans don’t view suicide as a selfish choice, and they don’t believe it sends people to hell, LifeWay Research finds.
“Americans are responding with compassion to a tragedy that touches many families,” said Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research vice president. “For example, as researchers learn more about the effects of mental illness, people may be more likely to react to suicide with mercy.”
In a phone survey of 1,000 Americans, LifeWay Research found more than a third (36 percent) have had a friend or relative commit suicide, and 56 percent describe suicide as an epidemic in the United States. [Read more…]