LDS Releases New Video of Hope for Those Thinking of Committing Suicide

The video takes a realistic view of the suicide thought process

A brand new video released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) assists viewers to see the world through the lens of a young person in pain and struggling with thoughts of voluntarily ending his life. The video shows suicidal thoughts brought on by a number of life's stresses, expectations, and the seemingly insurmountable pressures of existence.

The camera then pans into the young person and shows him leaning on medical professionals, prayer, and family to heal himself. The audio records the person saying that in the time which exists between his beautiful moments and the dark period, he forgot something. The young person forgot that there is no compulsion for him to stay alone.

This anti-suicide video is not the only video produced by the LDS church to offer a better resource and comprehension for people suffering suicidal thoughts. It is one of the multiple resources which the LDS church has funded in recent years to prevent the occurrence of suicide. Every video takes a few months to make and the church until now has produced videos in a certain series. LDS members are instructed to listen to those they think of contemplating suicide.

The new video is an important one in the series. According to Michael Staley of the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner, the latest video is a vital one as it displays suicide as it really is: complex and multi-faceted. These types of events are best prevented by involving the entire community.

The video also provides online links to other helpful, knowledgeable resources. The video is a carefully balanced one. Although the message is uplifting and hopeful, it does not ignore or overshadow the hard and complicated reality which burdens individuals thinking of ending their life. The makers of the video know the reality, and it finds expression in the dialogues spoken by the protagonist.

The video ends with the reminder that light is to be found even in the dark. It encourages people who suffer from suicidal thoughts to find happiness and to seek support from people they feel close to.


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