“How can we help those struggling with mental illness and suicide?
Suicide and mental illness are prevalent and worsening issues in our current culture, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this interview, Matthew Sleeth shares lessons from his book on the importance of prevention and how we can help those struggling seek hope and resilience.
Jamie Aten: Why did you set out to write your book?
Matthew Sleeth: As a physician and a theologian, I wanted to explore two questions:
- Has society’s overemphasis on materialism, status, and power resulted in a world that is unlivable?
- If our suicide rate has increased virtually every year over the past three decades, should our approach to preventing suicide in the future merely be more of the same?
Experience and research show that both faith-based and secular approaches are helpful to those suffering from mental illness and, in particular, suicidal ideation. However, we live in a time where there is a growing divide between the secular and sacred worlds. I wanted to give people a book that offers the best of both…”
Originally written for Psychology Today by Jamie D. Aten Ph.D.