Best LDS Resources to Help with Suicide

The rising suicide rate is an issue of great concern. Life is a precious gift from God and each suicide is a tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this serious concern. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a responsibility to “mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Mosiah 18:9).

The following is a curated list of the very best LDS resources that may help you understand how to minister to those who have thoughts of suicide or who are grieving a loss. If you find other resources you think we should list here, please post a comment below.

Pages on LDS.org about Suicide

I Need Help

I am having thoughts of suicide or I have made an attempt.

Gospel Topic about Suicide

Gospel Topic from LDS.org explains what Latter-day Saints believe about suicide and has links to resources to learn more.

Counseling Resources for LDS Leaders

Counseling and ministering helps for LDS leaders and ward council members at CounselingResources.lds.org.

LDS Videos about Suicide

Watch videos from the LDS.org Media Library about suicide

I'm Worried about Someone

I am worried about someone and want to help.

"Suicide Prevention and Ministering" LDS Church Website

Suicide.lds.org has helpful awareness and prevention resources for individuals and leaders.

Suicide Risk for LGBTs

Gay individuals may be at higher risk for depression or suicide. See the “Understanding” section of MormonandGay.lds.org.

Videos About Suicide: Playlist on Mormon Channel

Videos from Elder Dale G. Renlund, Sister Carol F. McConkie, a woman who found hope after surviving a suicide attempt, and a father who endured the suicide of his son away at college. (Videos play one after another in succession.)

I Have Lost Someone by Suicide

I have lost a loved one by suicide.

LDS Magazine Articles about Suicide

Articles from the Ensign, Liahona, New Era, and Friend magazines.

Videos about Suicide

Watch videos of LDS Church leaders and members about suicide

Articles on LDS365.com about Suicide:

New Videos Added to LDS Suicide Prevention Site

In an ongoing effort to help prevent suicide, the LDS Church has released a series of hopeful videos — several of which come from Elder Dale G. Renlund — that encourage Latter-day Saints to listen to and love those considering suicide. Elder Renlund encourages...

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Ellen DeGeneres Gets It Wrong About Mormons and Teen Suicide

On her TV show, Ellen DeGeneres recently stated that “the leading cause of death for Utah kids ages 11 to 17 is suicide.” That part of the statement was correct. But then she continued reading from a card, as though stating fact, “suicide in Utah has increased...

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September is National Suicide Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Over 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year. In the United States, suicide rates have surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, with increases in every age group. This month, the Church...

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Video: How Can I Help Someone Who Is Suicidal?

In the video "How Can I Help Someone Who Is Suicidal?," Andrea Hood, a Suicide Prevention Coordinator in the state of Utah, shares some great advice on how we can help someone who may be contemplating suicide.     The video was created by Seth Adam Smith, who is...

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Music Video on Suicide Prevention: Sarah’s Story

The video Sarah's Story (Suicide Prevention) is a story of hope for loved ones. Famous singer/songwriter Nadia Khristean had always wanted to do a video on suicide prevention. Early this year Nadia met a beautiful teenager, Sarah (name changed) from Murray, Utah,...

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Suicide Prevention: Would Everyone Be Happier Without Me?

Seth Adam Smith's lastest article in the Huffington Post "Would Everyone Be Happier Without Me?" addresses the serious issue of suicide. Some time ago, I did keyword research for a project on suicide prevention. One of the things that shocked me the most was how often...

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Videos: Touched By Suicide

Touched By Suicide is a series of interviews by the folks at LDSDaily.com featuring members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have been affected by suicide. The video below is an introduction to the series Touched By Suicide: See all of the...

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Music Video OKAY by The Piano Guys

We’ve all received bad news. We’re all struggling with something or someone we love is barely holding on. We hear about hate, terror, and despair. But that doesn’t mean that goodness is gone. Inside, most of us still genuinely want happiness not only for ourselves,...

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World Suicide Prevention Day September 10

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In my article earlier this week about National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I listed these statistics: Over 800,000 people die by suicide...

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LDS Church Publishes Suicide Prevention Website

To coincide with the National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September and the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, the LDS Church has published a Preventing Suicide web page. PreventingSuicide.lds.org provides essential information for those who are...

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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Over 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year.1 That's 1 person every 40 seconds.2 And for every completed suicide, there are 25 suicide attempts.3 In the United States, suicide rates have surged to...

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LDS Magazine Articles About Suicide Prevention

The LDS Church has published the following age-appropriate articles about suicide in the September issues of the Church magazines: September Ensign & Liahona: “Choosing to Live” and “How to Create a Suicide-Prevention Safety Plan.” The article is written for adults...

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Gospel Topic: Suicide

The LDS Church has just updated the entry on "Suicide" in the Gospel Topics on LDS.org. The timing coincides with the national suicide prevention awareness month in September. The Gospel Topic states, "Most people who have thought about suicide do not want to die;...

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Suicide

Watch the new Mormon Messages video "Sitting on the Bench: Thoughts on Suicide Prevention." Every human soul is precious. Don't give up. Show love to those who are struggling. Help guide people to resources that are available (see below). Elder Ballard: "I say we keep...

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A Parent’s Guide to Cyberbulling

15% of teens have faced online harassment in the last year. Cyberbullying, or “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices,” is a serious problem that can have serious repercussions, resulting in...

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