FAITH––the Suicide Vaccine (Suicide Prevention)

A pharmacist suggests a different kind of ‘vaccine’ for suicide prevention.

By Karen O’Connor:

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Lisa Hamil, Pharm. D., a registered pharmacist in the State of California, claims that ‘faith is the suicide vaccine’ and she highly recommends it for those who are contemplating taking their own lives.

“Why would anyone want to commit suicide?” she asks, when faith in God can lead one out of depression and the “torments of life’s weariness, guilt, anger, pride, lack of forgiveness, hopelessness, disappointment, betrayal, and the feeling of being unloved?”

Hamil, when working behind the pharmacy counter, speaks with hundreds of people each month who bring in prescriptions for pain-killers, anti-depressant medications and other drugs. She claims most people are looking for relief that medicine cannot address long-term.

“These medications come with a written educational guide that specifically warns patients: ‘Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions . . .’  These guides as well as health care providers recommend that patients learn effective coping skills to complement the chemical intervention of antidepressant drugs.” There is no such ‘fix’ for the true source of the problem—separation from the Spirit of God.

“One’s thoughts,” says Hamil, “determine one’s life, mood, and actions. There is no medication available that can reliably change our thoughts or our actions. We must take charge and choose to discipline our thought life. Drugs may help during that thought transition process, but patients must move forward with a clear goal in mind.”

The Bible offers guidance too.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

“Building their faith is the choice depressed patients must make in order to effectively prevent the ultimate dismay that leads to suicide,” says Hamil. “Faith is the suicide vaccine and support is available through other believers, pastors, and inspirational readings.”

Hamil suggests these important steps to take:

1) Choosing to be thankful versus complaining

2) Forgiving yourself and others who have hurt or betrayed you

3) Serving and helping others

4) Focusing on the perfection of God’s love and his provision.

Enjoy this inspiring video with Joyce Meyer speaking on the power of unleashing faith.

Not sure how to find faith? One place to start is There you will find a questionnaire that will walk you through common questions about the Christian faith, as well as heartfelt letters about dealing with serious struggles in life.

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If depressed and suicidal, get help by dialing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline. IF IN IMMEDIATE DANGER of harming yourself or someone else, please call 911.1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or (in Spanish)
1-877-SUICIDA (1-877-784-2432).
Our blog, Thinking About Suicide, offers personal stories and prayers from those who have overcome the urge to commit suicide or lost someone to suicide. We also list resources related to depression, bullying, cutting and other mental health related topics or news.
Use our SEARCH box at the top of the page to find articles on specific topics. Our authors hope to encourage you and remind you that others in situations like yours have found hope and help. We hope and pray you do too. However, we also encourage you to get local help if you are suicidal: call a counselor or the suicide prevention hotline to connect personally with someone who can help you.

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