Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally. Suicidal thoughts are the intense emotions that produce thoughts of inability to continue on in life. Suicidal contemplations are the practical considerations of method to carry out the actual act taking one’s life.
Statistics show that suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide attempts that end in hospitalization are three times higher. Such large numbers are proof that “thoughts and contemplations” are of epic proportions.
Commonly, those who are thinking about suicide exhibit telling signs. It has been debated whether these signs are a cry for attention or an actual warning. Regardless of the motive, it can be agreed that any cry to be rescued is important.
Those who feign signs of suicidal tendencies for attention are certainly in need of help. These people do entertain thoughts of suicide, but not to a serious level. Their need to be rescued reveal, among other emotions, deep feelings of inadequacy. The following description does not apply to this type of struggle.
If you are a person who is genuinely struggling with suicidal thoughts, please know the simple fact that you are reading this is a positive sign. It shows a desire, even if it’s slight, to be rescued from this desperate place in the heart.
The person in this position is overwhelmed with a sense that nothing matters any more. They are certain their family would be better off without them. They feels like an emotional burden. Often, they are weighed down by feelings of shame for not being able to pull themself out of this state of mind. These guilt feelings can make them even more determined to end it all. For this person, everything has lost its value, so there is little to no motivation, or effective tool of recovery except for one thing, and that is the possibility of being rescued.
Psalm 18 shows us through the psalmist what God can do when we feel unable to help ourselves.
“The sorrows of death compassed me…”
Says the Psalmist in verse 4, but then he tells of his rescue:
” He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”
Look at the power in which this rescue was accomplished:
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved …”(Psalms 18:4-19).
If you are feeling suicidal, you are not alone.
*If you or someone you love is struggling with suicidal thoughts right now, please call this hotline to let someone know about your pain: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).
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