What is the UM view on suicide?

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry for United Methodist Communications.
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry for United Methodist Communications.

Our Christian perspective on suicide begins with the affirmation that nothing, including suicide, separates us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). We believe that suicide is not the way any life should end.

The United Methodist Church encourages our pastors and members to preach, teach and talk about suicide and the factors and mental health issues that lead to it. We seek to provide care for those who are at risk, survivors, families and others who have lost someone to suicide, “seeking to remove the oppressive stigma around suicide.” Learn more about what United Methodists can do.

Video: The Rev. Beth Richardson from Upper Room Ministries explains more about what the church says about suicide.

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