Pastor Malcolm Carter Tackling Suicide Directly At Temple Baptist Church
This the 3rd installment of a multiple part series on the topic of emotional and mental health wellness in Cullman County through Cullman Today.
Depression, anxiety, stress, and/or suicidal ideations can happen to anybody. National statistics indicated that approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (18.5% of the population) experiences mental illness in a given year.
Adults in the U.S. living with severe mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, mainly due to treatable medical conditions.
In this interview, Pastor Malcolm Carter of Temple Baptist Church discusses how his church is tackling mental and emotional imbalances directly with an emphasis on suicide prevention.
Their program ‘Oasis: Where Hope Is Found‘ offers everyone an opportunity for a night of HOPE on the last Monday evening of the month at 6:30 pm at the church.
Learn more at: http://www.thereishope365.com
With 30 suicide attempts resulting in deaths so far in 2017 (and countless attempted suicides and ‘altered mental status’ calls to 911), the public and private burden placed on our community by this escalating, multi-dimensional challenge of rapidly declining mental health have reached a crisis point, particularly for those so afflicted.
(We had only 15 total suicide deaths in 2016 according to Coroner Kilpatrick).
The mental health care system in Cullman County has limited resources, the detention center is not a suitable housing option for deeply disturbed individuals, and area cemeteries is the last place our fellow citizens should end up when all else fails.
Ultimately, like the slowing decaying farm-to-market roads in Cullman County, the mental and emotional health of our residents is being neglected. Our community leaders just do not have the financial resources to make dramatic improvements or the technical expertise. There will be no economic bailout, no magic pill, and as it looks at the moment, nothing representing anything more than ‘a drop in the bucket’ on the horizon.
The solution to mental and wellness will not come from some outside agency. Instead, it ultimately lies within each one of us. Our goal in this series will be to open doors, provide an education, and reveal the various forms of assistance available to everyone.
The brave Mikey Cates is the first door:
Sheriff Matt Gentry & Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick are the second door:
Temple Baptist Church