How to Prevent Suicide

the Editorial Staff
Friday | May 05, 2017 | 9:15 AM

Sometimes we carry around with such sadness, sorrow, and suffering that it seems that the pain becomes unbearable, and the only way out is to "put an end" to our own life. But suicide will never be the solution!

Those who see suicide as a solution are greatly mistaken, because life continues after death. That is why this brutal act does not solve our problems. On the contrary, it will aggravate them even more. After all, the same pain and anguish that one used to carry in daily life will continue to torment his/her existence and will be further boosted by the suffering that comes from breaking the Law of Life.

Therefore, the late Proclaimer of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit1, Alziro Zarur (1914-1979), used to warn us that, "Suicide does not resolve anyone's anguish."

In this post we want to show that instead of having suicidal ideas and giving up on existence, what we need is to overcome sadness and/or depression.

We are going to show that it is indeed possible to improve quality of life to such an extent that we will all value it—Life—more every day. What comforts us the most around this subject are the fraternal and universal teachings of Jesus, the Ecumenical Christ, the Divine Friend.

Based on these principles, we will show how to recognize the signs of those who think about committing this serious act and learn how you can help yourself and those who you love not to think about committing suicide.

How to recognize suicidal signs

Gabriel Estevão

First things to do when you recognize suicidal signs

To comfort and protect someone who is is having suicidal ideation is first and foremost our duty. That is what Jesus did more than 2,000 years ago, when He was visibly among us. He welcomed the sorrowful and spoke to those who were suffering, as we see in several passages in His Gospel, like this narrative from Matthew 11:28-30,

"Jesus said, ‘Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your Souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’"

Because of His great Divine Love for humanity, Christ neither condemns, nor judges. On the contrary, He listens to each one's heart and does not take for granted the struggle that each person faces. José de Paiva Netto, the President-Preacher of the Religion of the Third Millennium, explains,

"Jesus was never known to fail to respond to the appeal of a grieving Soul."

At the same time, the Great Friend of Humanity empowers individuals so they are able to come out of their situation of sadness, and offers opportunities to those who have no prospects in life. This help comes in countless ways, including by way of medical treatment.

The Religion of Universal Love explains that medicine is a legacy from God that was given to human beings. It is worth remembering that the followers of Christ were the ones who founded the first hospitals in the Middle Ages, because Jesus helped the sick, which was not a common practice at the time.

Therefore, when we talk about suicide prevention, psychiatric treatment is necessary, since they are the specialists who will make the correct diagnosis and will be able to indicate the most appropriate treatment for each case.

But it is fundamental to take care of our essence: our Spirit. Let us never forget to combine this care with specialized monitoring.

What more should we do when dealing with someone who is having suicidal ideation? 

First of all, you have to take the signs that indicate suicidal ideas very seriously. If one day someone tells us that they want to kill themselves—which is a gesture of deep trust in us—we must prepare ourselves spiritually to guide them in the best way possible.

We cannot think that they are bluffing, or that it is just to get our attention. First and foremost we need to pray and ask our Guardian Angel to let us know how to proceed.

In other words, we must ask to be inspired to say the right words at the right time, or use the appropriate approach so that the person becomes conscious of what they are planning and reflects on what a great mistake suicide is. Then we must pray for the person’s Guardian Angel, so that they may also be strengthened and able to intervene for the spiritual happiness of the person they are watching over.

As we talk to the person, let us do as Jesus exemplified in His Gospel according to John 5: Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda. At the time, a man had been sick for 38 years, and no one saw him in the pool of Bethesda, but Christ did. And He heeded his pains and healed him.

Therefore, we need to dedicate the same attention to a person who is having suicidal ideation, and show that they are not alone, that they are important, and that we insist on having them with us. As true friends, we are going to help them seek specialized medical treatment and spiritual protection. If they resist, we must insist that they seek the necessary medical help.

Another very important act of this emergency care is praying out loud for the person. Let us try to envelop them in a new energy of peace and tranquility, making them remove such suffering from their thoughts, and become more willing to accept medical and spiritual help and seek a cure for themselves.

You can explain that at first it may be difficult to see the solutions to their problems, but that they need to be calm and analyze how it is worth persisting a little more, that it is possible to overcome suffering and find peace. Financial difficulties, health problems, a crisis in a relationship will never be bigger than life!

The president-preacher of the Religion of the Third Millennium teaches us that, "The crisis passes, but you will remain." In other words, all instability will pass, and the person needs to carry on more confident and with a more mature look at themselves and at others.

Still talking about spiritual help, the doors of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit are wide open to welcome and contribute towards supporting those who are facing depression or who have already thought about taking their own lives.

So send us an email or schedule an Ecumenical Prayer in your home, via the Internet, in English, Esperanto, French, or Spanish. Let us learn together about the teachings of the Divine Master that fill us with hope and help us do away with pessimistic thoughts.

Renato Santos

New Jersey, USA — The Ecumenical Meeting of the New Commandment of Jesus at Home. 

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What to do for someone who has already committed suicide? 

Through prayer, we can directly speak to our disincarnated loved ones who continue on their spiritual journey of learning and evolution in the World of Truth. Obviously this redemption is not immediate or easy, because the spirit has broken the Divine Law of Life and needs to recover in the spiritual world from the evil it has caused upon itself.

However, just as occurs on Earth where we muster all the resources necessary to ease the pain of someone we like very much, prayer is this same resource. It is the best we can do for the person! Get to know the consequences for the spirit of someone who commits suicide.

Let us never think that we should commit suicide in order to meet the person to help them, because we shall be distancing ourselves further from them. The spirit needs to recover from the act it has committed, and only our healthy, loving vibrations—never vibrations of extreme sadness and longing—can help it at this moment in time.

In the book Diretrizes Espirituais da Religião de Deus, do Cristo e do Espírito Santo [The Spiritual Guidelines of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit], vol. I, page 159, Paiva Netto writes that,

"Those whom we love never die, even if they are already in the Spiritual World. Many remain by our side, helping us; others may be in need of our prayers. Let us pray for them, so that when our time comes somebody will pray for us, and let us thank God for being the God of the living."

To contribute in this moment of prayer, we dedicate the song "Prayer for Tranquility" from the Oratorio O Mistério de Deus Revelado [The Mystery of God Revealed], composed by the president-preacher of the Religion of Universal Love.

In cases of suicide, as the pain is usually very great for family and friends, it is recommended to pray for the loved one in an environment of peace and tranquility, like in nature, so the Spirits of Light, together with all the prayers, can offer the best vibrations of equilibrium to that eternal spirit that committed suicide.

If you have any question and/or comment about this and other topics, send them to the Religion of the Third Millennium. Let the Ecumenical Spirituality become a part of your life! And if you felt good reading this article, share it! It might touch the heart of other people too.

1 Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit — also called the Religion of the Third Millennium, and the Religion of Universal Love. This is the Ecumenical Religion of Brazil and the world.

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