If you’ve ever typed into an Internet search engine, or cried out in prayer, “Help, I am having suicidal thoughts,” you’re not alone. According to an article by Ankur Saraiya, MD on Howcast, “Suicide is not necessarily an abnormal thought. It’s not necessarily a sign of major illness. In some ways it’s perfectly natural for people to have thoughts that life is too overwhelming when something very bad has just happened.”
But what do you do about it?
- Don’t act on your thoughts.
- If you need help, get help. Call a suicide hotline. If you need to talk to someone right now; otherwise, make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup and while there, talk to her about your feelings.
- Pray! Talking to God can really help. Below is a prayer to help get you started:
I’ll admit that I feel betrayed by my circumstances and feelings of despair, and I have to wonder if you love me so much, why aren’t you taking better care of me, fixing my pain, or changing my situation? I confess these thoughts of anger and confusion to you. In fact, I give my anger and confusion as well as my problems to you. I know you love me and I also know you have a bigger perspective of my life than I do. I even know that you can turn anything into a miracle. So, though I feel angry, sad, and confused, I want to say to you:
My problems are now your problems. I give them to you and ask that you turn my problems into miracles. I ask that you calm my broken heart and carry my pain. I ask that you forgive me of my sins, through your son Jesus’ sacrifice for my sins on the cross. I give my whole self to you. In fact Lord, now I am your problem too. And in that, I invite your presence to walk with me through this storm. I will turn my focus from the wind and the waves,to your unfailing love and kindness. I say, I will trust you and live.
In Jesus’ name,
To find more answers to your questions about God, take our Godtest. Also, watch this helpful video produced by Howcast as posted on Youtube with Dr. Ankur Saraiya for more ideas on how to get help, especially if you are having suicidal thoughts.
You might also be interested in PeggySu Wells’ story about Help When Thoughts of Suicide Filled My Mind.
Suicidal? Need Help Now? Call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or
Text Telephone: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
Military Veterans Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 1)
Suicide Hotline in Spanish: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 2)
LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR