I Want to Die—
Can the Bible Help Me
When I Have Suicidal Thoughts?
The Bible’s answer
Yes! The Bible comes from “God, who comforts those who are downhearted.” (2 Corinthians 7:6) Although the Bible is not a mental-health textbook, it has helped many overcome suicidal thoughts. Its practical advice can help you too.
What practical advice does the Bible give?
●Express your feelings.
What the Bible says: “A true friend shows love at all times, and is a brother who is born for times of distress.”—Proverbs 17:17. Meaning: We need the support of others when we have distressing thoughts. If you keep your feelings to yourself, you carry a burden that can become unbearable. But if you share your feelings, you may lessen their intensity and even gain a fresh perspective. Try this: Talk to someone today, perhaps a family member or a trusted friend. * You might also express yourself by writing down your feelings.
●Get professional help.
What the Bible says: “Healthy people do not need a physician, but those who are ill do.”—Matthew 9:12. Meaning: We should seek medical help when we are ill. Suicidal thoughts may be a symptom of mental or emotional illness. Like physical sickness, this is nothing to be ashamed of. Mental and emotional illnesses can be treated.
Young gay men are 6 times more likely to be depressed,
anxious, and suicidal than older gay men.
Try this: Seek help from a qualified expert as soon as possible.