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Bible Verses

35 Hope-Filled Bible Verses for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts 

Throughout my teenage years, I dealt with overwhelming sadness and depression. And I spent many nights considering taking my own life.  

I struggled with low self-esteem. The pain of cruel words spoken over me. And with the subtle bullying common among teenage girls. (I can only imagine what girls go through today with the rise of social media. And my heart breaks for them.) 

Looking back, I can see that while I had thoughts of suicide, what I really wanted was for the pain to stop. I needed a reason to believe it wouldn’t always be this way. A reason to keep going. A reason to hope for better days.  

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide rates in the United States reveal that it is one of the leading causes of death in our country. Especially with young people.  

Depression and suicidal thoughts are a real problem in the world today. Something many people are struggling with.  

And something our loving Heavenly Father longs to help us with. 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

-Romans 15:13 NIV
Rain with flowers and the verse: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”-Romans 15:13 NIV

****An important note from Rich Faith in Poor Health: If you are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts PLEASE reach out for professional help and medical advice from a licensed counselor or doctor. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline just by dialing “988” whenever you need to. These people really care and will do whatever they can to help you. So, please reach out to them before you do anything else.****  

When is someone considered suicidal?

A person is considered suicidal when they have suicidal ideations. This means they are thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.  

There are many reasons people can start to feel depressed or suicidal.  

  • They may have a lot of guilt from something they’ve done in the past. What they feel is an unforgivable sin or unpardonable sin.  
  • They may be facing a difficult, chronic, or life-threatening health diagnosis.  
  • They may be facing rejection or dealing with the cruelness of others.  
  • They may have lived through trauma, adverse events, or abuse.  
  • They may be having trouble at work or school.  

According to the World Health Organization, “Depressive disorder, or depression, is a common mental health condition that can happen to anyone. It is characterized by a low mood or loss of pleasure or interest in activities for long periods of time.”  

Symptoms of depression may include: 

  • Disturbed sleep.
  • Changes in appetite. 
  • Low self-worth.  
  • Feelings of hopelessness about the future, sadness, emptiness, or numbness. 
  • Irritability, frustration, or angry outbursts. 
  • Thoughts about dying. 
  • Tiredness. 
  • Poor concentration.  
  • And the loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.  

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 

-1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Black eyed susan flowers in the rain. And the verse: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” -1 Peter 5:7 NLT

What to do when you are depressed and suicidal?

When we’re facing dark times of the heart, we need to take some deep breaths and PAUSE. 

  • Pray and Meditate on God’s Word.
  • Ask for help.
  • Understand that not everyone will understand.
  • Stop and ask questions.
  • Expect it to take time.

Pray and meditate on God’s Word. 

We can call on the name of the Lord in our hard times. We can cry out to Him in prayer and pour our hearts before Him.  

We can also meditate on Scripture verses about God’s love for us. And then write down our favorite Bible verses on Post-it notes. Putting them all over our homes so we can constantly be reminded of God’s view of us.  

  • We are dearly beloved children of God. (1 John 3:1) 
  • Our lives are precious and valuable. (Psalm 119:14)
  • God has a plan for us that is greater than we could ever imagine. (Jer. 29:11) 
  • And He can work all things out for the good of those who love Him . . . even this. (Romans 8:28) 

By praying and meditating on Scripture, we can recognize the lies we may be believing. And we can combat them with the truthful things God is speaking over us through His Holy Bible.  

We can also turn on some worship music. And sing our praises, even through our tears, to the One who loves us more than we could imagine.  

“May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.” 

-2 Peter 1:2 NLT
A woman in a red coat with a red umbrella standing on the beach in the rain. And the words: God loves us more than we could ever imagine. (Romans 8:35-39)

Ask for help.

I’ve heard it said that God can use prayer, people, and pills to heal.  

Yes, we need to pray and turn to God when we’re in need. But He can also work through people such as a trusted friend, pastor, Christian counselor, or medical doctors. And if a medical professional prescribes pills for you, God can use them to help you, too.

  • Real Christians pray. 
  • Real Christians go to counseling or doctors for help.
  • And real Christians take pills to help the chemical imbalances in their brains. (After all, if our bodies worked perfectly, we would be in Heaven.) 

While, it can be difficult to be honest with someone about the deeper difficulties in our own lives. Especially if we’re struggling with severe depression, mental illnesses, or suicidal ideations. This is exactly the step we need to take in order to feel better.  

We need to be honest with others about what we’re struggling with. And realize there’s no shame in reaching out for help.

In fact, it may just be the strongest thing we ever do.   

We were never meant to carry the heavy burdens of this life alone. 

So, call a close friend. Look into counseling. Talk to your doctor about possible medications that could help.

Do whatever you have to do.  

Because you’re worth it. 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” 

-Psalm 139:13-14 ESV

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” 

-Romans 8:31-32 NIV
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Understand that not everyone is going to understand.

Not everyone is a safe place. This is an unfortunate but honest truth.  

There are some people we shouldn’t confide in. Some people who will just make us feel worse. And some people who can even be manipulative or abusive.  

We need to avoid those people. At all costs.  

If they cannot support us in this, they’re not worth wasting our time with. 

When we’re in a vulnerable state we need to spend time with people who bring us life. People who encourage and support us. While also not being afraid to point out the lies we’re believing so they can point us back to the truth.  

People who are willing to put in the time and effort to walk beside us in this difficult season.  

Those are our people.  

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” 

-Galatians 6:2 ESV

Stop and ask some questions.

Are we feeling hungry, angry, tired, or lonely? Are we facing a situation or season where we’re under more stress than usual? Are we dealing with a trauma or crisis? 

We shouldn’t make big decisions when emotions are in turmoil. It’s best to give ourselves some time.  

If we’re feeling overwhelmingly sad or depressed maybe we need to: 

  • Eat.  
  • Take a nap.  
  • Reach out to someone to talk over coffee.  
  • Delegate tasks.  
  • Give ourselves grace.  
  • And remember God’s perspective.  

Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. So, we should treat it kindly. Giving it the rest, help, and care it needs to feel better. (Read 1 Kings 19:1-18 for a great story about this.) 

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 

-1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT
A grey background with the words: Things take time. Storms don’t end quickly. Wounds don’t heal overnight. Give yourself the time and space you need to heal.

Expect it to take time.

Too often we want immediate relief. We want an instant answer to our situation. To end the pain so we can feel safe and comfortable once again.  

But things take time.  

Storms don’t end quickly. Wounds don’t heal overnight. Give yourself the time and space you need to heal. It’s okay if you take longer than what you expected. Or what other people think you should.  

Everyone is different.  

So just focus on the next step in front of you. Trust God in the process. And remember that this difficult season will end in due time.  

“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.” 

-2 Thessalonians 3:5 NLT

A Prayer for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

God of all Comfort, 

Hold onto me when my heart feels like it’s bleeding. When sadness overwhelms me. And I feel like I’m drowning.

Help me to remember that You are near. And You see every single tear. 

When I want to give up, please give me the strength to keep going. Through the next moment. The next minute. The next hour. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You. And to cling to what I know is true.

Even if I’m having a hard time believing it right now.

Keep reminding me that this is just a season.

Every storm runs out of rain. Every wound heals over time and stops causing pain. Every night gives way to the sunrise. And every season changes even if it appears to take a long time. 

Thank You, Lord, for being with me. For never letting me go. And for giving me the hope of a better tomorrow.  

Amen.  

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” 

-Matthew 5:4 NIV
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What Does the Bible Say About Depression and Suicidal Thoughts?

The good news for people struggling with overwhelming sadness and depression is that there are many verses in God’s Word that address this.

The Bible doesn’t shy away from the hard things of life.  

In fact, there are many stories of people in Biblical times who battled with depression, mental illnesses, and suicidal thoughts.  

King David penned many psalms that talk about deep sorrow and anxiety. And many of these were written while he was being hunted down by King Saul, a rather fearful and depressing time in his life.  

In the Old Testament we read the story of the prophet Elijah who was so overwhelmed at one point in his life that he told God he wanted to die.  

And you know what God did?  

He had him take a nap. Then He fed him. And then God repeated that process.

Finally, He encouraged Elijah by reminding him that he wasn’t alone. (1 Kings 19:1-18) 

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul struggled with a thorn in the flesh that tormented him. (2 Corinthians 9:5-10) 

Even Jesus was in such anguish that He was sweating drops of blood as He cried out to God. (Luke 22:44) And He felt all alone and abandoned by God on the cross. 

“About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).” 

-Matthew 27:46 NIV

No matter what we’re dealing with. Whether that is depression and suicidal thoughts. Feelings of overwhelming sorrow and despair. Mental disorders. Depression. A mood disorder. Fatigue. Health issues.

Or anything else that weighs us down . . . we can turn to the Word of God. 

Because the real question when we’re feeling sad and depressed is who are we going to turn to?  

Jesus is the only One we can lean on in the struggle. He is the only One who can guide us through the darkest of nights. And He is the only One who can give us the mental strength we need to keep going.   

We can turn to Him . . . in everything.

And anything. 

Because in Him we find hope . . . even we are depressed.

A woman's arm held out with her hand facing up and rain falling down. And the words: Turn to Jesus . . . in everything.

35 Powerful Bible Verses for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

By reading and meditating on these Scripture quotations we can find comfort, encouragement, peace, and a reason to hope for a better tomorrow. 

Psalms to Meditate on for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts 

These psalms are perfect for meditating on in our hard seasons. They remind us that we’re not alone. Many others before us have felt the same way.

And they remind us that no matter what we’re facing we can turn to God.  

He is the source of our hope. And He will never let us go. (Deut. 31:8) 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” 

Psalm 27:1 NLT

 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” 

-Psalm 34:17-19 NIV

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” 

-Psalm 43:5 NIV

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” 

-Psalm 23:4 ESV

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” 

-Psalm 40:1-3 ESV

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” 

-Psalm 61:1-2 NIV

“I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.” 

-Psalm 6:6-9 NLT

“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” 

-Psalm 56:3-4 NLT

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” 

-Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” 

-Psalm 27:13-14 NASB 1995
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Bible Verses for Hope while Dealing with Chronic Depression

These Bible verses remind us that because of Jesus there is always hope. Even for those dealing with chronic depression and dark nights of the soul.  

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” 

-Isaiah 41:10 NLT

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”  

-Isaiah 43:2 NLT

“So let’s not grow tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” 

-Galatians 6:9 NLT

“Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” 

-Hebrews 10:36 NLT

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” 

-Isaiah 40:31 NLT

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

-Isaiah 41:10 NIV

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”  

-Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
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Bible Verses on the Promises of God

These Bible verses on the promises of God will help us find hope, peace, and the strength to keep going.  

Read them. Meditate on them. And memorize your favorites.  

So, the Holy Spirit can bring them to your mind at the perfect time.  

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” 

-Romans 8:28 NLT

“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.” 

-Psalm 31:19 NIV

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” 

-Ephesians 1:3 NIV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” 

-Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 

-2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

“Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” 

-Romans 3:24 NLT

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” 

-Ephesians 2:10 ESV

“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’”  

-2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 

-2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

-Romans 8:38-39 NLT
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Bible Verses to Combat Negative Thoughts

These Bible verses can help us to combat the negative thoughts that try to fill our minds with lies.  

By focusing on the truths in God’s Word we can learn to think more positively, find hope in everything, and rest in God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

-Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” 

-Philippians 4:8-9 NIV

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 

-1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 

-Philippians 4:13 ESV

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 

-1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” 

-Proverbs 12:25 ESV

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” 

-Romans 8:18 NIV

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? . . . No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” 

-Romans 8:35, 37 NLT
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What to Remember When You Have Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

The enemy of your soul wants you to give up. To quit. Because he knows the damage you could do to his plans if you get through this.  

How after things get better, you could then turn around and help others who are struggling. How you could point them to Jesus. How you could be a light in this dark world bringing hope to others.  

He fears what you could do.  

So he wants nothing more than to snuff out your light. 

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” 

-John 10:10 NLT

Don’t let your enemy win. Don’t give in. Don’t listen to his lies. Don’t give up the fight. 

Do whatever you have to do.  

Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Contact a licensed counselor. Get together with a trusted friend. Set up a meeting with your pastor. Call a trusted Christian friend. Or make an appointment to talk with your doctor.  

Do something. Anything. Don’t stop until you get the help you need.  

And keep turning to Jesus.  

No matter what you’re facing. Even in your darkest valley, God’s grace can get you through the next minute. The next hour. The next steps you need to take.  

He will make a way where there seems to be no way. And He will carry you through it all.  

It may not be easy.  

But the world is a better place with you in it. And you don’t know what lies ahead. Your brightest days may be just around the bend. 

After all, the best views come after the hardest climbs. So, keep climbing.  

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