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Patricia Schneider December 13, 2012 at 6:30 am

This is the BEST article about depression I ever read, Pastor Jack. I was diagnosed at age 21 with bi-polar disorder. At age 18, I had a good job in Washington D.C., meeting new people, etc. Yet, nothing mattered. Even my faith in Jesus was awry. I attempted suicide by cutting my wrists. The miracle…the night before my Dad heard his deceased Mom telling him to go to Patty (me.) A half hour after I started, there was a knock on my door…my Dad, my step-Mom, and my big Sis. It was another half hour or so before I opened the door, embarrassed to high heaven, ashamed really. I got
patched up at Emergency, but nothing was said or done as to the reason I did this. (This was in the late 1960’s.) Dad
went home w/step-Mom & Sis after my Mom flew in to be with me. (Her local pharmacist gave her the money to fly in…
another miracle.) I felt so badly for Mom, she just couldn’t understand what was wrong with me.
It wasn’t until I had my first manic episode that I got some answers and was diagnosed.
Wish I could say it was all smooth sailing afterwards, Pastor Jack. Literally, YEARS were spent in depression. Trying medicines that didn’t do the job, counseling that only frustrated me so. Then, finally I was put on Depakote and
Effexor. Within 2 weeks, I was enjoying mental HEALTH for
the first time in my life. For 4 years I had this blessing. Then my beautiful Mom passed on in 2009, grief turned into one
very severe depression. That finally lifted about 3 months ago, thank dear God! I pray depression stays away long enough for me to straighten out some things in my life. It’s like starting over from scratch, Pastor Jack, when depression lifts. And the stupid guilt’s! Intellectually, I know better than to blame myself for time wasted during depressions. (My hubby, Gary, ‘scolds’ me whenever I do! A remarkable soul God has given me for a husband! I put him and our son, Chris, through he**. Yet, they continue to love me!)
So, next time depression hits, must remember the Enemy’s voice is doing its thing and try my darnest to re-read Scriptures and pray. Two things I find most difficult to do during depression. I do believe now and have for a lot of years, that Jesus is always holding onto me in his loving Arms. Pray for me, Pastor Jack. OK? And thanks for letting me share my story. God loves you, oodles! Patty

Jack Wellman December 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Patricia, wow, what a powerful testimony and your transparency is so refreshing and I believe it will help many who are struggling with this stronghold. I truly covet such women of faith like you who helping others thru their lives, their life story, and their prayers and example. God bless you. You have been such an overwhelming blessing to me personally and I thank God for you Patricia.

Drucilla Llewellyn December 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Mr. Wellman I am a born again believer. I have a granddaughter hat just turned 12 in Aug. A little bit of background first. My daughter has had epilepsy since 1 yr. old. Her physician told her not to have children because the medication will go into the baby. She didn’t listen. My granddaughter has a disability now. One side of her body is bigger than the other, has a touch of scoliosis on her back, has a learning disability which is minor, has had a bad temper since she’s been young, resulting from the seizure medication. Her dad has Ashford and possibly??? bipolar. When she gets mad at her mom when she gets disciplined she talks about suicide. This is constant. Is getting counsel.????? What to do next. My daughter has rejected the Lord. She is always yelling at her. My granddaughter is Terri,my daughter Joanna. please don’t give out names when relying back. Use different names. Thank you. I have been praying about this for many years.

Drucilla Llewellyn December 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Her dad has ADHD. Don’t give out names when you reply back. Thanks.

Jack Wellman December 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I have changed the names in your comment and promise to keep this confidential for sure.

Jack Wellman December 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Hello Durcilla. I changed the names you gave me in your comment to keep their names private. I would say that only God can change the human heart (Prov 21:1) and we need to pray for her to place her trust in Christ for this is their only hope. We can do nothing else but trust in God but God is pleased when we pray for other’s salvation and this is what I will do for them both. Truly, this must be so hard for you. Know that God is still doing miracles today and the greatest miracle is a person becoming born again (John 3) and so let’s pray for that and trust and wait on God to work (Read Psalm 37).

Drucilla Llewellyn December 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thank you so very much for replying back so quickly! I have been asking others to pray also. More out there reading this I’m sure will be praying also. May the Lord richly bless you as you help others for Jesus.

Patricia Schneider December 16, 2012 at 2:58 am

This is for ‘Drucilla.’
NEVER stop praying for your daughter, for all your loved ones. I know for a fact that prayers work miracles! God has a plan for you and your daughter, so trust Him with all your heart. As for getting your grand-daughter counseling, perhaps you could talk it over with your own physician and see what he says. Or your minister? (A miracle stopped me from completing my suicide attempt. I’m Patricia Schneider in above comment column.) I’ll keep you and your family among my prayers. Be of good cheer, Drucilla! God loves you, oodles! Patty

saldie December 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm

..i know God are have so many purpose of our life become a man to live in earth..are just one save us and to love of God into a MAN TO crucify in blood..

..i agree this day, Jesus Christ is our LOrd to control of my life…i believe that Jesus Christ IS one father and he give as only Son of God to save and to pay the price of many sins..

..so..right now,I apply the blood of Jesus Christ upon him..

thank you..for your great heart and to accept my comment..

..God Bless and Merry Christmas!!!!..hehehe

saldie balingasa December 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Whenever you are weary, speak God’s Word and your can become enlivened. Praise God, it does work! I often speak God’s Word to myself.

Why not to try it?one bite at a time?

Get in your mind, on your lips, into your heart and then your body will respond according to those Words that you have spoken.

Unfortunately, we live in an “instant” world and expect everything to happen immediately. it took time to get into a state of weakness and so it is going to take a while to get out of it. Be patience, and in due season you will be rewarded.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart..( Gal.6:9)

Steve January 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Is suicide predestination? If my son lived his children would have changed the fabric of life (human relationships, jobs, housing, etc)
but, he didn’t! I wouldn’t be posting this now IF my father had been killed in WW2, AND, you wouldn’t be reading this, now. So, just as Hitler altered millions of lives, his premature death as a child would have allowed millions to LIVE! Perhaps it is most logical and probable that ALL our lives are predestined, and we have NO control over anything?! I spend thousands of hours studying and contemplating this ,and although I don’t like being regarded as a puppet, do I dare suggest an alternate “program” to the Almighty?! I think not!

Steve January 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

An addendum to my previous post, from Steve, regarding predestination: God has the power to affect EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY; we do NOT; if we did we would be LIKE GOD.
Therefore, we THINK we have the “INFLUENCE” to affect change, we THINK our accomplishments are the result of our own determination and drive. BUT, they are not! We don’t (or shouldn’t) pride ourselves on our I.Q., or our physical attributes, and we DON’T plan our birth , lives , or death. Pride is not be one of our virtues, yet, how many parents are so PROUD of their childrens’ successes in life?!
We have much to learn, and accept; and we best start by learning about tolerance, as it is part of God’s “program”. Our ACTIONS determine ( or affect ) history; our thoughts don’t! But, God knows our thoughts, and although we may not affect the historical time-line, our thoughts probably determine our relationship with God, and our place in in the here/after.

Derek December 27, 2014 at 12:42 am

My name is Derek Westcott, and I want to die more than anything else in the world.

Jack Wellman December 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

Hello Mr. Westcott. I am so sorry you feel like ending your life. I wish I could do more than pray for you sir. Have you spoken with your pastor about this? If so, what did he say? If not, please at least talk to him. If you do such a think Mr. Westcott, please be sure you are born again and have repented of your sins and put your trust in Christ. What has happened that makes you feel this way?

Pastor Elizabeth June 8, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Hello, thank you for sharing this article. I am reaching out, because my 14 year daughter has been suicidal going on 3 years, we pray with her and tell her that Jesus loves her. We share with her that the suicidal thoughts are from the enemy and not of God, we have her in prayer. She has learned to hide her feelings, but recently found suicidal writings on internet,
I don’t believe medication will help, because my belief is that only prayers and her submitting to God will touch her heart to remove these thoughts. I continue to pray, that these thoughts go away, and Jesus can heal, I know he is the only salvation with out medication

Jack Wellman June 8, 2015 at 8:37 pm

I wonder if she is being bullied at school (which is out now for most children) because a high percentage of children who contemplate suicide have been or are being bullied at school and even on Facebook. Would she consider going to a Christian counselor? Medication could help. I would have her see a doctor to run some tests or even a mental-health questionnaire. Those who suffer from deep depression often suffer from a treatable problem which has a physical cause and isn’t a character weakness but has a biological reason behind it. Has she ever been saved? That is, was there ever a time when she repented and trusted in Christ? I don’t mean that she walked down the isle, filled out a decision card or got baptized but has she ever been saved? I will pray for her and for you to make a godly wise decision. Don’t ignore her suicidal thoughts, even if statistics show that most don’t do it. If she is not saved she needs to trust in Christ. Also, I would still recommend a doctor.

Andy Tilton January 15, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Pastor Wellman, thank you for your compassion and willingness to share. I have found your articles to be most insightful. As a fellow minister who lost our son to suicide, and have dedicated the remainder of life and ministry to mental health and wellness, have reached out to communities, churches with limited resources, and anyone interested in understanding mental illness, the stigma, and how to identify the signs of suicide. Also we volunteer with Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition./Johnson County Mental Health.
In Christ,
Andy Tilton, Director,
Adams Story – A Mental Wellness Ministry

Jack Wellman January 15, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Hello Mr. Tilton. Thank you for your kind words sir. I look at myself and see that, like all of us, we’re broken in some way or many ways, yet God’s tender love and mercy has been proven time and again thru souls restored and souls saved. I am sorry for your loss pastor and I thank God for the Lord’s hand on your ministry and pray that God blesses the fruit of your labor for His glory. I thank God for you sir.





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