About Depression and Suicide
All of us, including children and adolescents, have times during our lives
when we feel sad or depressed and it is normal to feel that way sometimes.
A depressed mood can be linked to specific events or it can be biologically
based or it can be a combination of both.
You can tell when normal feelings have gone beyond “normal” when
the feelings go on for an extended period of time; the feelings continue
to get worse; things that have worked in the past to help relieve these feelings
aren’t working; and/or the feelings interfere with day-to-day functioning.
Did you know that several famous biblical characters went through bouts
of depressed and even suicidal thoughts? Elijah was one of the most powerful
prophets in the Old Testament of the Bible (Read 1 and 2 Kings), and yet
he talked about taking his life at one point. The Lord Jesus understands
your pain and your confusion. The key here is to talk to Him about it, and
ask Him to give you the courage and the strength to get through it - to see
each day through. Ask for others to pray for you. Hang in there - we need