Lately I’ve heard a few more stories than usual about suicide and depression. A friend of mine even suggested that I write about it. I don’t really feel qualified to write very much on the topic of suicide, but I do want to encourage you if I can.
As far as I understand it, thoughts of suicide often come from feeling lonely, helpless, and/or hopeless. They often stem from being in the depths of depression, sometimes feeling everything at once so that you become numb and feel nothing at all. Sometimes these thoughts and feelings grow from the pressures of life, sometimes the pressures of expectations people have of you. For some, death is the only way out that can be seen. “You can’t hurt if you’re dead,” could be a thought. Maybe you don’t realize how much you’re worth and how much you really mean.
You are not alone. There is help. There is hope. God is ready and absolutely willing to help you, all you have to do is ask. (Psalms 3, 12, 37:39-40, 38:22, 40:17, 46:1, 94:17-19; Proverbs 18:24) There are more people who care than you think. Look up, next to you. (Proverbs 17:17, 27:9, 17 & 19)
You are important. You have a glorious purpose, specifically for you. God created you, and He never creates useless, purposeless things. (Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 44:24, 45:12 & 18; Ephesians 2:10) And not only did God create you, He loves you more than you will ever understand. (John 3:16-17; Romans 5:6-8, 8:35 & 38-39; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 John 4:9-11)