SUICIDE PREVENTION

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, please call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   In case of emergency, please dial 911.

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If you’re having suicidal thoughts, please call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   In case of emergency, please dial 911.

Hope When Life Seems Hopeless

You can stop suicidal thoughts.

“I have set before you life and death … Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

Deuteronomy 30:19

It’s no secret that life is hard.

It can leave us feeling heartbroken and hopeless. At times of depression and despair, suicidal thoughts can occur. This is when we need to reach out for help.

You matter. You’re here for a reason. You have a purpose. And you’re not alone. No matter what you’re feeling, what you’re thinking or what you’ve been through … there is hope.

If you are having suicidal thoughts or you know a suicidal person, there is help available. We are here for you and anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts. To talk with someone, please call the numbers above. We also have a free download with helpful information that can give you hope for a new day.

Does life seem impossible? Have you been struggling with thoughts of suicide? Could you possibly have begun to believe a lie? The lie is that “self-inflicted death is better than God-given life.” The Lord has compassion for your every concern and will deal with you only in truth. Jesus said, 

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:32

 

Does life seem impossible?

Are you struggling with thoughts of suicide? Have you begun to believe the lie that self-inflicted death would be better than God-given life?

You can stop suicidal thoughts.You matter. You’re here for a reason. You have a purpose. And you’re not alone. No matter what you’re feeling, what you’re thinking or what you’ve been through … there is hope.  It’s no secret that life is hard. It can leave us feeling heartbroken and hopeless. At times of depression and despair, suicidal thoughts can occur. This is when we need to reach out for help.If you are having suicidal thoughts or you know a suicidal person, there is help available. 

Realize, the Lord looks upon you with tender compassion and genuine concern. He cares about your every need. You can learn how to experience the meaningful life He has planned for you. He has a perfect plan for you ... a plan to free you from the shackles of suicidal thinking ... a plan based on truth, not on lies. Jesus desires to free you from destructive thoughts and choices. He said... 

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

(John 8:32) 

 

What Are Different Types of Suicide? 

  • Suffering suicide is a deliberate act of killing oneself while in an extreme state of despair. (Matthew 27:3, 5) 
  • Supported suicide (also called “assisted suicide”) is a deliberate choice of killing oneself with the assistance of another person. (Judges 9:54) 
  • Symbolic suicide is a deliberate act of killing oneself while being influenced by a ritualistic custom or a sense of honor.  (Judges 16:29–30)
  • Shared suicide is the deliberate act of two or more people who kill themselves based on a prior commitment to do so.  (Psalm 116:3)
  • Slaughter suicide is the deliberate act of killing one or more people while committing suicide simultaneously or immediately following the act of murder. (Proverbs 29:10) 

 

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, please call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   In case of emergency, please dial 911.

7 Reasons to Say No to Suicide

 

1. Suicide Rejects ... God’s offer of inner peace

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

(Philippians 4:6–7).

2. God’s sovereignty over the length of your life

“You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. ... Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”

(Psalm 139:13, 16).

3. God’s right to be Lord over your life

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

4. God’s commandment to not murder

“You shall not murder” (Deuteronomy 5:17).

5. God’s ability to heal your hurts

“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed” (Jeremiah 17:14).

6. God’s plan to give you hope

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him” (Psalm 62:5).

7. God’s power already within you to make you godly

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires”  (2 Peter 1:3–4).

Facts and Fables about Suicide

Fable:  “People who talk about killing themselves never do it.”

Fact:  Of those who took their own lives, approximately 75% gave clues or warnings to friends or family. Take any threat of suicide seriously. Someone who talks about suicide gives others the opportunity to intervene. (Ephesians 4:2)

 

Fable:  “Talking about the method of someone’s suicide with all the gory details and the emotional impact on loved ones will help prevent others from committing suicide.” 

Fact:  Presenting precise details of a suicide, including the heartbreaking reaction of the family, can spark an explosion of copycat suicides. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7) 

 

Fable: “The tendency toward suicide is inherited.” 

Fact:  No one is destined to die of suicide. Just because one family member dies by suicide doesn’t mean that other family members will do the same. (1 Kings 15:3) 

 

Fable:  “Deeply committed believers would never want to commit suicide.” 

Fact:  Temporary hopelessness can accompany severe stress and can strain a person’s faith. Likewise, physical illnesses, such as a brain tumor, can change thought processes in the brain, resulting in “suicidal ideation.” Even the most sincere believer can become engulfed in suicidal despair, as when the godly prophet Jeremiah was being tormented and his life threatened. (Jeremiah 20:14–18)

 

Fable: “Once people attempt suicide, they will always be weak and unable to face difficulties in life.”

Fact:  In the context of a person’s whole life, a true crisis usually lasts for only a brief duration of time. Most people learn valuable life lessons during their lowest moments. God rescues from destruction those who turn to Him for His love and acceptance. (Isaiah 38:17)

What Characterizes Suicidal Teens? 

  • Behaviors (impulsive, self-injury) 
  • Emotions (moody, reactive) 
  • Relationships (unpredictable, unstable) 
  • Thoughts (illogical, distrustful) 
  • Spirituality (legalistic, conflicted) 
  • Self (poor self-image, low self-esteem) 

Vulnerable adolescents are highly emotional, and unless they learn to manage their impulsive overreactions, they are likely to be controlled by them. The challenge these adolescents face is formidable ... but definitely not impossible. 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

(Romans 15:13) 

What Do Sufferers Want to Escape?

  • Excessive Loss
  • Social Isolation
  • Critical Illness/Impairment
  • Abusive Background
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Excessive Guilt 

 

Key Verses to Learn

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

(Psalm 62:5–6)

 

Key Passage to Read

Lamentations 3:19–24

 

My Contract of HOPE 

The following is a solemn, binding contract. This contract cannot be declared null and void without the written agreement of both parties. 

 

“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”

(Psalm 25:15)

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God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!

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