The Other Side (Poem): Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts

By Susan Osborn:

Some feelings about overcoming suicidal thoughts are best expressed in a poem.



Excerpt from Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Suicide Victims and Survivors; used with permission by New Hope Publishers.


If you are feeling overwhelmed by your problems in life and have succumbed to suicidal thoughts, you are not alone.  Many have shared those same feelings. It is important to discern which thoughts you have are from God and which are not.

1 John 4:2-4 gives advice on this:

 “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Following is a poem written by a young woman we will call CAN, who went through a very dark time in her life. However, by accepting Jesus as her Savior and leaning on Him, she was able to discern His voice and overcome the suicidal thoughts.  She penned the following poem:

The Other Side



Miles of darkness everywhere I turned—

Then I saw light on the other side.

I slowly approached, curious indeed.

But looking forward to the other side

I saw a shadow, but I didn’t shudder.

For I knew it was you, Lord, on the other side.

No words can explain the way I felt

When I finally met you on the other side.

My prayer is if you are struggling with discernment and have suicidal thoughts that you will find someone to talk to, perhaps a family member, a friend, a teacher, or a pastor. Or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

You can also dial the following National Suicide Prevention Hotline numbers operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services:

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

1-888-SUICIDE (1-888-784-2433)

1-877-SUICIDA (1-877-784-2432) (Spanish).

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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.


  1. For a while I was completely obsessed with suicide. My total suicide attempts probably numbered between 20 and 30 times. Christmas time is always hard on me especially right after Christmas. I hear voices, and they tell me of better worlds where everyone is beautiful and life there is so great. Every Christmas I am told that this great event (crossing over to a better place) will happen and it never does. This year is better for the first time in a long time I want to live. I came to the Oregon State Hospital in 2012 and here they encouraged me to go to activities during the day (treatment mall). I started to see that there were ways to improve my life. Now I have a lot of hope. I can see good things on the horizon. But on bad days I get frustrated and when that happens sometimes I contemplate about suicide. When I am feeling that way I can tell myself that this too shall pass. I have learned many wellness tools that I use when I am struggling. I have so many aspirations now I want to travel see the world meet new people talk with them. But when the desperation sets in I don’t always feel like doing any of those things. I want a quick out and suicide feels like the only way out.

    • Thinking About Suicide says:

      Hi Oliver,
      I am so glad you are finding hope! And yes, bad days will come. When they do, try this — tell the voices, the impulses to be quiet and to leave you alone in the name of Jesus. Say aloud, “I choose life.”
      Praying for you my friend! May the new year be your best yet! I too believe you have so much to look forward to.

  2. busisiwe says:

    Guys o am so dtruggling alot they strike eberyday at anytime any place whobever i may be with nomatter how happy might think i am just to prove how happy am not, i am talkin to people but still i dnt het tje hrlp m looking for

    • Thinking About Suicide says:

      Sorry to hear that you are having suicidal thoughts. They use to happen to me to so I do understand. When I realized that the thoughts were coming from ‘outside’ me, and not ‘inside me’, and I realized that the enemy of our soul (the devil) was trying to tempt me to kill myself, I realized it was time to take charge of this evil voice speaking to me. I told the enemy to SHUT UP in the name of Jesus. And to leave me alone.

      This helped! I did this each time I heard the thoughts, and soon they left. If you want to know more about Jesus, and the power of his name over the enemy, start your journey by going to:
      We are all praying for you.

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