New Mormon Message Addresses Serious Subject of Suicide

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Suicide Prevention Tips

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new Mormon Message video which addresses the serious subject of suicide prevention. The Church’s official thoughts on suicide are as follows: “Although it is wrong to take one’s own life, a person who commits suicide may not be responsible for his or her acts. Only God can judge such a matter.” For those who may have family members or friends who have attempted suicide, more information and advice can be obtained by reading the LDS article titled “When a Loved One Attempts Suicide: What Not to Say to Friends and Family.” Help can also be obtained by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

One of the people who are featured in the new video is Seth Adam Smith, the Editor-in-Chief of Forward, and the author of two books, “Marriage Isn’t For You: It’s for the One You Love” and “Your Life Isn’t For You: A Selfish Person’s Guide To Being Selfless.” In the video Seth shares the story of how earlier in his life he attempted suicide and the fact that it was the love and support of his family that saved his life. Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said, “Obviously, we do not know the full circumstances surrounding every suicide. Only the Lord knows all the details, and he it is who will judge our actions here on earth” (“Suicide: Some Things We Know, and Some We Do Not,” Ensign, Oct. 1987, 8). Therefore, as Elder Ballard counsels, we should not judge anyone who may be struggling.




One thought on “New Mormon Message Addresses Serious Subject of Suicide

    douglasn said:
    Friday, 24 October2014 at 13:14

    It is about time that morality is given out with common sense. In the ’80s I became suicidal. I no way knew why. But the temptation to overdose was strong. After the Christmas holidays, spent in a shelter for the homeless to protect me from ME I saw a neurologist who explained how a certain medication for my epilepsy controlled my siezures. I knew immediately that this med was the cause. So my neurologist changed my med for another and my thoughts of suicide and temptations became NO MORE. And I’m alive to talk about it unabashedly. This is also why I’m against studies on how to be a “Happy Christian” that have no disclaimer for persons like myself who ,in my case became severely depressed for years on the same med that made me suicidal as a result of the med’s side effect of depression. The depression diminished by 85% as a result of that same change in medication. That Doctor saved my life. What might certain Mormons have done If I told one of them?


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