Church Resources for Suicide Prevention
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK, or simply by calling 988.
Suicide is a global public health problem that can often be prevented, explains a Gospel Topics essay. Most people who have thought about suicide don’t want to die; they simply want to find relief from the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual pain they are going through.
Everyone should know the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, then seek help for someone who is contemplating suicide, according to the trial.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that mortal life is a precious gift from God, a gift to be enjoyed and protected. The Church strongly supports suicide prevention. For information on how to help someone who is suicidal or has been affected by suicide, see suicide.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Here are some of the Church resources available.
Church websites dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health
The release of suicide.ChurchofJesusChrist.org in September 2016 deliberately coincided with World Suicide Prevention Day. During the same 60-day period, the Church also released mentalhealth.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
A Church News article noted that the timing of the two websites is appropriate given that 90% of people who die by suicide also live with mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, known as by NAMI.
The website contains helpful resources for people:
Elder Renlund Speaks About Suicide Prevention and Reaches Out to Others in Church Videos
In July 2018, the Church released three videos with Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to help Church members approach those contemplating suicide.
“We need to reach out with love and understanding,” Elder Renlund said in one of the videos, titled Suicide Prevention: Understanding Suicide. “And you do it in concert with medical professionals, with church leaders, with friends and the support of family.”
Other videos with Elder Renlund include advice for families who have suffered the effects of suicide:
Church’s ‘Choose to Stay’ video offers hope to those contemplating suicide
A September 2018 video released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers a personal perspective from a young man struggling with suicidal thoughts and the hope that comes with choosing to lean on his family, prayer and health professionals for healing.
“Somewhere between my dark new existence and all those beautiful times I had had in the past, I forgot something,” a young man says in the video. “I didn’t have to be alone.”
Teachings of Church Leaders
- President M. Russell Ballard, “Suicide: Some Things We Know and Some We Don’t,” Ensign or Liahona, Oct. 1987, p. 6–9
- Jeffrey R. Holland, “Like a Broken Vessel,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 12. 40-42
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Hope of God’s Light,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 10. 70-76
- Jeffrey R. Holland, “Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders Among You,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 103. 124-27
- Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Finding a Safe Harbor,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2000, p. 59-61