Suicide Prevention: Have You Ever Contemplated Suicide?
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Unfortunately, several friends of mine from back in high school ended up committing suicide. I, too, contemplated suicide very seriously back in high school, and once again, during my separation and divorce as an adult, It is a crippling thought to have to deal with. Still, fortunately, God put the right people in my life to encourage me and point me to Jesus.
Life is too precious to even think about taking our own life! Talking about your thoughts and feelings is like a pressure cooker letting some steam off, which will take some of the pressure you are experiencing now off of you. Make sure you get some help today, as I did! Below you will find many sources to help you get your thinking back to normal. Looking back, I thank God that I got some help! ~ Bill Greguska
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and. kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.
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- Why should I not commit suicide?
- Do we have an appointed time of death?
- Does the Bible talk about euthanasia / assisted suicide?
- Is there anything I can do to guarantee myself a long life?
- What is the Christian view of suicide? What does the Bible say about suicide?
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Suicide is a serious thing. And if you know anyone who is suicidal, you need to get them help. No one should be in pain. Everyone should love themselves. ~ Gerard Way
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
My Story Concerning Suicidal Thoughts That Plagued Me
When I was a junior in high school, I thought of suicide. It was a tough time in my life. I did not want to die, but I lost the desire to keep living and was struggling with school pressures and the death of a very close friend, not to mention that I was using marijuana and alcohol, and other drugs more and more to escape reality. I was what you would call superficially involved with a church at St. Gregory’s the Great when I was in grade school, but even so, I knew that God was there for me. Though life was complicated and confusing, it was also scary and drained me emotionally and physically. I just kept praying this bad dream would be over, and thank God He answered my prayer!
I Did Not Wish To Be Dead, But I Could Not Deal With Being Alive.
All the pain I was experiencing. I did not know how to cope with my feelings. These feelings started coming to a head when my best friend, Steve Mader, died at age 17 when I was 16. Contacting someone from suicide prevention would have been a wise thing to do. Still, I was unaware of it, so I had to deal with my thoughts and feelings independently. I self-medicated with marijuana, alcohol, and other harmful substances. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous were helpful, but my life kept bottoming out without God. I remember not wanting to go shopping for clothes in high school because I did not want to waste my parents’ money since I was emotionally ready to check out for good by taking my life. It was mentally tough to live when I kept fanaticizing about being dead. It was very fortunate that I got medical help in a hospital and support from my family – mostly my mom – who did everything she could to help me and make things the best she could for me.
The Psych Hospital Did Help A Little Get Me Back On My Feet.
It bought me time to get a handle on things. I know people were praying for me, and I kept trying to cooperate. It was not until about ten years later that I got the right drug and alcohol treatment that I needed in long-term treatment, but I kept treading water, sort of to speak up until then. Things kept the same with my using drugs and alcohol until I got into trouble with the law. I have been clean and sober since June 25, 1986. Praise God! Thankfully I have been able to help my mom by repaying her by taking care of her for the last eight years of her life. It was interesting how she helped me, and then I helped her. I am so thankful to God that He took away those thoughts and gave me a new start. The big thing for me was to stay alcohol and drug-free. With that under my belt, I had a fighting chance. My prayer is that the same thing happens to you and your situation. Life is worth living once we find our purpose!
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Why Should I Not Commit Suicide?
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Suicide Prevention May Be Just What Will Help You!
Life can be harrowing. I know for a fact. It is sometimes hard to think clearly or rationally when you are down and hurting occasionally hard to think clearly or rationally.
You are not alone (chat now). Most people would have to admit that they have at least once thoug idea of suicide. Communication saves lives!
Call this number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you have had any recent thoughts of suicide. There is help available now, and please do not delay!
Even thoughts of living life can make living life such a painful burden. I know that feeling, and that is why you need God’s help and help from others who care, so once again, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).~ Bill Greguska
Prevent Suicide By Crying Out To God For Help!
Factors like mental illness, substance abuse, exposure to the other person’s suicide, stressful life events, and family history can all contribute to an increased risk of suicidal tendencies.
- Recognizing Suicidal Behavior
- Warning Signs and Immediate Risk for Suicide
- Suicide Warning Signs
- Youth Suicide Warning Signs
- What to Look for in Suicide Warning Signs
- Warning Signs of Suicide
- Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts
There Is Help Available For You!
There are many free prevention hotlines to call, and you can also reach out to resources like mental health professionals, spiritual advisers, friends, and family members. If you feel that a person is at immediate risk and unsure if you will prevent suicide, you should take them to an urgent care facility for assessment. Don’t just let them be alone.
Once you have helped them get their assistance, ensure you continue being there. Stay in touch with a person after they discuss feeling suicidal or are discharged from care, as this support can be vital as they are getting their lives back on track.
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- After an Attempt
21 Suicide Prevention Resources Links
- Suicide and Depression: Risks and Warnings
- Suicidal Behavior
- Suicide Is Preventable: Know the Signs
- Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Suicide
- American Psychological Association: Suicide Warning Signs
- Teenage Warning Signs
- How to Help Someone Who Is Suicidal
- Video and Tips
- Preventing Youth Suicide
- CDC: Preventing Suicide
- Children Ages 10 to 19
- National Lifeline
- Fighting Suicidal Thoughts
- Read This First
- Dealing With Suicidal Thoughts
- How Can I Cope Right Now?
- Statistics, Treatment, and Therapy
- Helping a Friend or Family Member Who Is Suicidal
- Befrienders International
- The Trevor Project
Thank God I pulled through – it was worth all the effort it took. The same results can happen for you or someone you know as long as you get the help you need, as I did. Life can be extremely painful, and problems can seem overwhelming at times, but I have learned that God has a plan for every one of us.
Sometimes it takes extra effort and faith, but I encourage you to call 1-800-273-8255 to talk to someone who cares and can help you sort through your problems.
There Is Help For You If You Are Hurting!
- Why should I not commit suicide?
- “I’ve been depressed. I’ve had suicidal thoughts. I realize I’m not full-on there because I never could plan it. But the fact is, there is a way out; there is help.” Mariel Hemingway
- How can a Christian overcome depression?
- Help those who are grieving.
- John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
- “When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” ~Alexander Graham Bell
- Suicide is not the answer! Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Ecclesiastes 7:17 ESV
Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?
Psalm 34:17-20 ESV
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
1 Corinthians 3:17 ESV
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Psalm 147:3 ESV
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 13:2-4 ESV
How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Exodus 20:13 ESV
“You shall not murder.
John 12:25 ESV
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Romans 8:38-39 ESV
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 10:10 ESV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Romans 10:13 ESV
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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