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 from the Ensign, Liahona, New Era, and Friend magazines.
Articles on LDS365.com about 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;...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