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Senior adults suffer greatest increase as U.S. suicides near 50,000

ATLANTA (BP) -- Senior adults suffered the largest increase in suicides as nearly 50,000 Americans killed themselves in 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest report.

Cedarville graduate engages social work field after battling personal mental health challenges

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (BP) – Recent Cedarville University graduate Elisa Owens is already hard at work helping struggling youth through the social work field, despite enduring her own severe mental health challenges during her college years.  

U.S. Surgeon General releases advisory on loneliness as a public health crisis

NASHVILLE (BP) – U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released last month an 82-page advisory focusing on an unexpected public health crisis – loneliness.

Personal victory from pornography addiction drives church recovery ministry

LANSING, Mich. (BP) – Sam Black walked outside his Florida home decades ago and saw his older brother and a friend reading a magazine sideways.

Letters help young woman grieve her best friend, slain at school

LEONARDTOWN, Md. — Traumatized following the tragic shooting and subsequent death of one of her best friends, Macy McCombs published “Letters to Jaelynn: A True Story of Friendship, Loss, and Healing,” released this week. In the book, she shares the story of Jaelynn Willey’s death and the impact it had on her, her friends and the community and how God sustained them through it all. And she does it through (email) letters she wrote to Jaelynn — for years after her death.

Alarming rise in mental health struggles shows young women in ‘identity crisis’

NASHVILLE (BP) – Young people’s mental health is in trouble, especially young women’s. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows a whopping 57 percent of young women said they felt “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” during 2021. That’s up from 36 percent just 10 years ago.

Pastors’ mental well-being flourishes in the woods, on the water

NASHVILLE (BP) — Terry Fant talked about getting tired, not from the Gospel itself, but undeniably what is required in being a pastor.

States move to block childhood transgender surgery

PIERRE, S.D. (BP) -- South Dakota and Utah are the latest states to pass laws banning transgender surgeries on children under 18, moving against court challenges to such limitations in other states.

Recovery experts urge churches toward awareness, training amid fentanyl epidemic

NASHVILLE (BP) – A Google search for “fentanyl overdose” reveals recent stories of the deaths of three middle-aged Texans, a teen in California and a toddler in South Carolina.

Next Gen leader: It’s time for mental health to be a part of student ministry

NASHVILLE (BP) — Shane Pruitt’s background in observing students is tough to top. Last year alone, he spoke at 117 events to more than 260,000 in attendance, recording more than 30,000 salvations and 1,500 called into the ministry. He also helped coach more than 6,200 collegiate and student leaders.