How do we respond to suicide?

By: Ted & PK

The devastating news of Matthew Warren’s suicide rings true in the families of believers every day. Christians who have family members who have committed suicide are in deep pain years after, wondering how to respond. Dr. Linda Mintle joins us to talk about a Christian response to this tragedy.

This conversation is based on Dr. Linda’s blog post A Christian Response to Suicide.

Linda Mintle


5 Responses to "How do we respond to suicide?"

  • Jim says:

    I am a Christian, I have accepted the Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was a boy. I’m self employed with wife and 4 boys… couple of grand kids. I have experienced 2-3 deep depressions since ’05. First I lost my dad, my mother in law, my uncle and wifes uncle from 4-05 to 1-08…I also had sudden loss of hearing in one ear. I went to the dr and got meds. Couple of years later we had sewer back up, followed up by flooded basement and sewer back up again… two weeks later had a tornado rip through our property… my sons wedding was around the corner and I had to finish my home due to family spending time with us. At the close of that year, someone did not pay me for a job completed. Again, I had a breakdown… saw the dr.
    Now, 8-13, I completed a job for a lawyer to build a detached room off his porch. We never pulled a permit. We both new it. He has a fight with a neighbor and “boom” he’s calling for help. I offered to help after 10 years 10 months later. He does not want to pay me for my time and efforts… I know that he is thinking of taking action against me. I have a lawyer that talked to him and agreed that there is not much to be done… I am already depressed. I saw my Dr. for checkup 2-3 weeks ago and she gave me pills… I can’t afford the pills due to expired insurance card… the pressure will be greater than when i lost my loved ones.
    Please pray that this passes and that the lawyer can get this straightened out with the village. I can not take another problem.
    I use to feel that I was a strong man, now I feel like a new born baby boy… helpless.
    I am reading about suicide and I’m in tears… I know that the Lord is watching over me, but I can’t take the pressuer of the unknown. I know that there is no sin that the Lord will not forgive, even suicide… I don’t know which direction to go.
    I would appreciate it if you could broadcast this as a huge prayer request to let this go smoothly for the lawyer and let this pass from me.
    I don’t fight, I like to build… I try and let my Christianity be known to homeowners and my workers… I am more worried about the future on earth than I am my future in Heaven.
    I’m sorry this is so long…
    please pray for me, please ask your circle of friends to pray for me as well.
    If there is a possibility of some communication, I would appreciate it.

  • Sara says:


    Everyone here at Faith Radio is praying for you. If you’d like, you can post your prayer request on our PrayerWorks! site so more people can pray for you too!
    Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind, as I pray for you now. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
    May God keep you strong, courageous, and supported by family and friends who love and care for you deeply!

    Bless you, Jim!

    1. Jim says:

      Thanks again for your prayers. At times, I feel all alone and that hurts. Yet, I’m surrounded by my family, prayer partners and The Lord.
      Please keep praying that the original problem that I wrote about gets resolved as if there was never an issue. Im asking that The Lord will intervene for me.

  • Jim says:

    Wow, I just noticed you prayed for me. Thanks a million. I’m an evangelical Christian. I’ve accepted Christ in my heart 50 years ago. However I’m in a deep depression. I’ve had some emails from other prayer partners and tried to reply and the mail bounced back. Sara, that you for praying for me.
    I’m not out of the woods with my problems. I’m batteling some problems. I have this situation with a lawyer that I worked for that needs to be corrected.
    Please pray that The Lord will intervene for me and get this resolved as of nothing ever happened.
    Thanks Sara and please let’s stay in touch.
    Jim King

  • Jim says:

    I would like to have other praying for me. Could you help me with that suggestion you had about posting on prayer online? I’m not sure how to do that.
    I saw dr yesterday. I’m hurting inside. I have couple of pills to take.
    Yesterday I had a long talk with my wife. I told her how I’m shaking inside.
    I’m afraid of this lawyer and his power. I know his power is nothing compared to The Lord. The King of Kings. However, men can be ruined by other men.
    I am home today. My wife is working tonight. I know the only power i have is to pray that The Lord intervenes for me. I’m praying that the village lets this pass as if nothing ever happened.
    Thanks Sara. I appreciate that you prayed for me

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