THE DANGER OF LOW MORALE - by Merv Watson

While glancing at the weekend edition of the Jerusalem Post, I was struck by an article’s title: “The Israel Defense Forces Have Drastically Reduced Suicides in the Army’s Ranks”. I had never realized that the army, with its high morale had such an extensive problem with suicide, but apparently, the suicide rate rivals highway deaths, and ranks higher than the number of students in US colleges who end their lives.

Finally, after the army had consistently dealt superficially with the phenomena, parents of the deceased teens and early twenties put together an organization that is translated as “Path to Life”. Through persistent pressure from this organization, and finally admitting that there is a problem, the army is dealing amazingly with it. There is a drastic reduction in the number of young people who decide that life is too much.

Praise God for that!! Incidentally, if a soldier has a spiritual connection with his Jewish Faith, then this certainly retards, if not removes the tendency to self destruction. Perhaps some of the techniques and focus that the army applies could retard the devastating tendency that young people have in North America to do the final step. Certainly the demarginalizing of Faith as a real option in young people’s lives in N.A , would act as a real deterrent .

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