Published on October 27th, 2015 | by Discussion Questions

How can I help a suicidal friend?

SAM WRITES: There have been multiple occasions when dear friends have told me that they are currently struggling with suicidal thoughts. I have many friends who are dealing with depression and sometimes self harm.

God has given me several unique opportunities to talk freely with teens who wouldn’t normally open up at such a level. When they do, however, I sometimes don’t know what advice to give.

Usually my friends tell me about a struggle that I have already faced in my own life. When it comes to suicidal thoughts, I feel like I can’t do anything to help them, even though I’ve been through it myself.

My first reaction would be a big hug, but that hasn’t possible in the situations I’ve found myself in. I do pray for these friends a lot, since I believe that it is the best thing I can do for them, but I’m wondering what else I can do.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to tell these precious friends? How can I help them see that Jesus loves them more than they could ever imagine?

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