Love Stronger Than Death: A Theological Response to Suicide in Depression

Saturday, June 22, 2019
1:30 PM
3:30 PM
Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University
Suicide is a global phenomenon and is the 17th leading cause of death around the world. While suicide occurs throughout the lifespan, it is disturbing to note that it is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally. Clinical depression is the major cause of suicide in all age groups. This talk offers a theological and pastoral response to suicide in the context of depression. It explores the psychopathology of suicide, drawing from research from neuroscience and psychology. It also looks at how the Church regarded suicide throughout the centuries, and offers a contemporary moral approach to the problem of suicide. The talk then presents a theological response using the doctrine of the Imago Dei as a healing path in suicidal depression. Finally, it explores some pastoral considerations in dealing with depressed and suicidal persons. 
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