Shocking number of suicides in Finland

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) conducted a study from 2016 to 2018 showing a shocking information of suicides in Finland. According to the study, with a take of approximately 2,400 suicides, we find out that 21 per cent of the suicides happened on the day of the victim’s health care appointment. In almost half of the suicides, the victims attended their appointment less than a week before committing suicide.

The alarming study clearly shows how the health care professionals are still struggling to to identify urgent risk patients and self destructive behaviour. Timo Partonen, a research professor at THL estimated that no specific reason were given to over half of those appointments that happened on the day of the patient’s suicide. You just simply cannot know if the victims were refused treatment, or refused to be treated. Another study shows that only a fifth of people who had committed suicide had even been discussing about harming themselves.

If the professionals fail to notice and help so many suicide victims, and if the available spots in mental institutions are so hard to get that many will perish while waiting, how can we assume there will be any hope for the thousands of people suffering from suicidal thoughts and even attempts to take their own life? Although suicides have decreased from the 1,500 a year in the 90’s to a 700 a year, every lost life and soul is priceless.

We know that any activity, such as practising a hobby or getting in touch with nature, can have a positive impact and perhaps even turn around negative feelings. Here at the Universal Church, we value the treatments and efforts of professionals to help people facing such a challenge, but we also believe in the spiritual support and in the power of the Word of God in helping one to get back on track. We offer daily sessions and meetings that will help keep people’s minds on something positive and reinvigorating. We will never turn you away, and there will always be someone to talk to. Do not hesitate to seek help if you are having suicidal thoughts, because there is a way out. The light is stronger than the darkness.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

We believe that faith can change our minds in such way that one may overcome any issue for good physically, mentally and spiritually, “For everything is possible for those who believe…”

Join us on one of services or get in touch to talk with someone that will listen to you, give spiritual advice and pray for you.

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