How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts?

From the Team: 
Dear Heavenly Father, we ask for peace for our friend who has landed on this page. Please stop the spinning inside their head, the relentless track of despairing thoughts. Make peace in their mind. Plant your Word of hope in their soul and give them faith to open your Word, the Bible. As they open it, comfort them, and show them that your Word is more powerful than our feelings, than intrusive thoughts, and than our own minds. Use what they find here to arm them to fight against the lies that attack them day by day. Holy Spirit, fill our friend’s soul with clear vision and encourage them to seek your help in their battle with the darkness. Introduce them to Jesus, the light of the world. In his name we pray, amen.

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You need some light

The way to deal with suicidal thoughts is to fight, but you can’t fight right until you have light. The light you need is a person—Jesus, the light of the world.

Theme Verse
Psalm 139:11-12 ESV

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, 
    and the light about me be night,” 
even the darkness is not dark to you; 
    the night is bright as the day, 
    for darkness is as light with you.


How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts?
1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 NIV

He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

Proverbs 14:27 NIV

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.


Fear the LORD 
and turn away
from evil

Proverbs 3:7 ESV


Psalm 61:1-3 ESV

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

Messages: 41 Min

Psalm 88: How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts

by Glen Scrivener

ROMANS 8:26-27 NIV

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 

Psalm 62:5-8 NIV

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. 


What to Do If You Are Feeling Suicidal

by Charles Spurgeon

Remember David’s words, "Ye people, pour out your hearts,"—but do not stop there, finish the quotation, —"Ye people, pour out your hearts before him." Turn the vessel upside down; it is a good thing to empty it, for this grief may ferment into something more sour. Turn the vessel upside down, and let every drop run out; but let it be before the Lord. "Ye people, pour out your hearts before him: God is a refuge for us." When you are bowed down beneath a heavy burden of sorrow, then take to worshipping the Lord, and especially to that kind of worshipping which lies in adoring God, and in making a full surrender of yourself to the divine will.

See quote source
Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Messages: 43 Min


by Colin Smith


Take captive
every thought
to make it obedient
to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.


God is not
the author
of confusion,
but of peace.

1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV

Here’s How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts

by Charles Spurgeon

We may further say that the most sorrowful and the most sinful are welcome to the Lord Jesus.

The most sorrowful may come; I mean those in despair, those who are at their wits’ ends, those poor souls who, through superabundant difficulty are ready to do the most unreasonable things—ready, it may even be, to give way to that wicked, Satanic temptation of rushing from this present life into a world unknown by their own hand.

Go, sorrowful one, go now to Jesus, whose tender heart will feel for you … first and foremost, in a flood of tears, reveal your case to the great invisible helper. Kneel down and tell him all that racks your spirit and fills your tortured mind and plead the promise.

Spurgeon, MTP, vol. 13, 157 (“A Troubled Prayer”).


God has designed the
glory of the human being such that the
condition of our heart
is profoundly influenced
by the content of our
head—or by what the
mind consciously focuses on.

John Piper
Article: 30 Min

The Secret to Not Losing Heart

by John Piper at Desiring God

Philippians 4:8 ESV

Whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence,
if there is anything
worthy of praise,
think about these things.

Video: 15 Min
by the Straight Truth Podcast
Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.