Studies show that depression and suicide rates are climbing due to COVID-19 and the disruption of normal life and social structures. More Americans are lonely than ever before, and even teens are at higher risk. Healthline reports, “Struggles with mental health issues or substance use were reported by nearly 41 percent of adults who responded to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey.” Even before 2020, overall suicide rates were on the rise, the CDC says.
Christians certainly aren’t immune to depression and suicidal thoughts. I have known depression first-hand at different times in my life. Several years ago, for no apparent reason, a cloud of depression descended on me. Day after day, it was my constant companion. God used it in my life, teaching me to trust Him, and giving me some intimate times with Him. But it gave me greater compassion for those who struggle with depression.
In this video, from an interview for my home church about the topic of happiness, I talk about being so depressed that you (or I) don’t want to be around others. Though I have never considered suicide, in my lowest moments I have wanted God to take me out of this world to be with Him. Many good and godly people have been plagued by suicidal thoughts. Here are some thoughts I shared in that interview that I hope might help you as you deal with depression, even if it’s so bad you are tempted toward suicide:
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
See also the video Walking with God Through Depression, and the articles Shedding Light on Depression and Thoughts of Suicide and Suicide, Heaven, and Jesus—the Final Answer to Our Sorrow.