Suicide

Mike Emlet  - Video  - Jun 28, 2013

Mike Emlet sits down and answers the question "How do I help a friend who has suicidal thoughts?"

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Apr 15, 2013

I will never forget the first time suicide came close to me. I met with a young woman who was leaving her mission work in Eastern Europe. She was haunted by an experience but could not even talk about it—my guess was that she was burdened by an inappropriate relationship with a young man who lived there. 

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CCEF  - Blog Post  - Mar 08, 2013

Individuals who struggle with suicidal thoughts experience a great deal of suffering and inner turmoil. Their struggle tends to be a quiet one and rarely do they give others entry into their thoughts. As a result, this struggle can easily go unnoticed by others. But suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It ranks higher than diabetes, and even homicide.

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Alasdair Groves, Mike Emlet  - Podcast  - Aug 16, 2012

This week on Help and Hope, Alasdair Groves and Mike Emlet discuss how to take seriously those statements of counselees that might imply intent to harm themselves.

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Aaron Sironi  - Premium Resource  - Jun 06, 2012

Caring for a person who desires to commit suicide requires skill and sensitivity. This workshop will provide tools to assess the risk level of an individual who is contemplating suicide. Caring wisely for this person will include making thoughtful and difficult decisions while awakening true hope.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Nov 03, 2011

There are only two correct responses to this question.

- “Why do you ask?” and
- “It sounds like things are really hard for you. Please tell me what’s happening.”

We are allowed minor variations on these, but do not say this: “Suicide is not the unpardonable sin. If we think that suicide is immune to the cleansing blood of Christ we have misunderstood the extent of redemption.”

This might be theologically correct; it is pastorally abysmal.

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Julie Gossack  - JBC Article  - Jan 01, 2006

Suicide ends one life but brings intense pain for family members and close friends. How can people respond to their pain in ways that bring true healing? How can this pain draw them into a closer relationship with God? Julie Gossack tells of her own journey through this painful arena. She replays the smorgasbord of lies often heard in connection with suicide and presents the truth of God’s word in response to these lies.

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Jeffrey S.Black  - JBC Article  - Jan 01, 2000

As a pastor, I can't think of many things I like to do less than conduct the
funeral of a believer who has committed suicide. The paradoxes pile up on top of
each other. Describes the "themes that characterize the thought life and emotional
disposition of someone who is suicidal," but recognizes that descriptions are not
explanations, and must fit in a larger biblical matrix of our existence as "created and
covenantal beings." Suicide is a sinful act, "and I am more than willing to discuss the

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