What can I do to help
prevent suicides?

Take suicide risk seriously

Suicide is a problem in today’s world, and you are on the front lines to help. It is a reality in the church and the community, a struggle impacting men and women, young and old. How can we help?
In the digital resources below, you'll find a button to download a detailed 3-page handout of resources. For a quick glance, the content is briefly summarized in the body of the email below. Beneath that resource, you'll find a great 5-minute video summarizing the "what to do" steps, followed by prayer prompts. Suicide is a complex and frightening topic, and we hope this is a starting point for you. 
If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, don't wait. Call for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

Download the Suicide Prevention Handout
Warning Signs
Risk Factors
What Can I Do
The graphics above are more thoroughly laid out in a 3-page Suicide Prevention Handout that will be an ongoing resource for you.
Download a PDF copy now.

Video Resource

Learn 5 simple clinically proven steps in less than 5 minutes that can help you prevent a suicide. Dr. John Draper, Director of The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, breaks it down: "It's like CPR" for people experiencing mental pain.

Scripture & Prayer Prompts

Galatians 6:2
Let us pray together for those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.
  • May they experience the peace of God guarding their hearts and minds (Phil. 4:4-9).
  • May they give their weariness and their burdens to Jesus and experience his rest and refreshment (Matt 11:28-30). 
  • May they know the Lord as their rock, their fortress, their deliverer, their refuge, their shield, the horn of their salvation, their stronghold; may they cry out to Him and sing the praises of his Name (Psalm 18:2,6,49).
  • May we care for and help them well, carrying each other's burdens, being sympathetic, loving, compassionate, and humble (Gal. 6:2, 1 Pet. 3:8).
We cannot endure the trials of this world in our own strength. May we be filled with the Holy Spirit and know the joy, peace, encouragement, and rest of Christ.
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