I’m writing a non-fiction book that should be coming out in the next year or two. While doing research, I have found some interesting facts – according to a USNews.com article, middle-aged women have the highest suicide rate, and the percentage of teen girls who commit suicide is growing every year.

A lot of the self-destructive behavior of these teens is blamed on the lack of fathers in the home.

worried-girl-413690_1920Fatherless girls are more prone to depression.

I used to read all the time about how fathers are important to their sons – a good father can keep his son from drugs, out of gangs, etc. Until recently, very little had been written about the absence of a father in a girl’s upbringing. A girl who grows up without a good father figure is more prone to quit school, get pregnant as a teen, and have depression.

There was a time when the father was in the home, now a lot of the guys are nothing more than sperm donors. They flit from girl to girl pollinating but not staying long enough to help raise their child.

depression-824998_1920Suicide among girls has tripled since 1999.

We need to go back to a time when fathers were an important part of the family unit. The Bible even points out how important fathers are. In Ephesians 6:4, it states that fathers are not to exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. According to this verse, fathers are not to purposely make their children angry or resentful. I assume by not having a father in his or her life, a child could become angry and resentful. The second half states a father is to teach his children about God. Impossible to do if he’s not in your his life.

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… girls ages 10 to 14 showed the highest percent increase [of suicide], nearly tripling since 1999 – USNews.com.

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Mothers are also on the endangered species list. More grandparents are raising their grandchildren than ever before. All because parents decide they don’t want to be parents. They’d rather do their own thing than be responsible, and society seems to be saying that’s okay.

Because of all this, our teenage girls now lead an epidemic of teen suicide.

life-864388_1920Suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens aged 18 – 24.

We need to stop tossing children aside just to do what we want. Once you are a parent you should stop the party and become focused on raising your child. And if you’re not willing to do so, please give your baby to a family who is more than willing to be parents to the child by way of adoption. Maybe then we can stop this epidemic before our teen girls get on the endangered species list themselves.

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