Dr. Matthew Sleeth saw thousands of suicide attempts during his many years overseeing emergency rooms and departments. Now as a Christian author and founder of Blessed Earth, he’s out to arm his brothers and sisters in Christ with the knowledge they need to fight a sudden surge in suicides.

With 1,500,000 Americans likely to try killing themselves this year, Sleeth believes many of them could be talked back from the brink.

Rate Would be Far Higher if We Were in the Medical World of the Great Depression

The suicide rate is now as bad as the other worst time in America for people killing themselves, the Great Depression. But Sleeth says it would be much higher than the present roughly 14 out of 100,000 people without the many modern medical advances thwarting so many of today’s suicide attempts.

Sleeth told CBN News, “Our suicide rate would be anywhere from 100 per 100,000 to 300 per 100,000. Meaning the highest it’s ever been anywhere in history, any country…”

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This article originally appeared in CBNnews.com