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
Gospel Topic from LDS.org explains what Latter-day Saints believe about suicide and has links to resources to learn more.
Counseling and ministering helps for LDS leaders and ward council members at CounselingResources.lds.org.
Suicide.lds.org has helpful awareness and prevention resources for individuals and leaders.
Gay individuals may be at higher risk for depression or suicide. See the “Understanding” section of MormonandGay.lds.org.
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.)
Articles on LDS365.com about Suicide:
As part of ongoing efforts to help prevent suicide, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a notice to all leaders worldwide inviting everyone to “take an active role within their communities to minister to those who have thoughts of suicide or who are...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
The article “Understanding Suicide: Warning Signs and Prevention” has been published in the October issue of the Ensign and Liahona magazine. This article is written for adults and youth by an LDS international expert who discusses the warning signs, prevention, and...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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;...read more
The Church has released a new video about depression titled "Like a Broken Vessel." This touching video draws on teachings from Elder Holland's conference talk "Like a Broken Vessel," along with stories from people who experience mental illness. The video reminds us...read more
Below is the music video "Hold on Tight: The Secret to Thriving on the Roller Coaster of Mental Illness." In the video, Ashley Sargeant and her brother John share empowering messages to the song “Hold on Tight” by Greg Holden. The video was made by LDS member Ashley...read more
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...read more
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...read more