When unhealthy thoughts come, it can be difficult to think of anything else and to even be yourself. Everyone experiences these types of thoughts at one time or another, but it can feel even more overwhelming when the thoughts become more frequent, and if the idea of hurting yourself enters your mind.
It is important to always have someone you can talk to - a parent, a teacher, a close friend, a youth leader, or your youth pastor. Talk to someone you trust about these thoughts and let them know how they start and how often they occur. There are people who care about you, and sharing with them can lift a heavy burden off our shoulders, especially if you have been keeping this to yourself for a while. They may recommend other types of help or resources to you as well, and you can also check out our Links section on this website. Don't give up! There is help and hope, and you are worth it.
Jesus came to this Earth and died for our sins, and in doing that he offers to take our burdens and anxious thoughts to Him. He said “All those who are weary and heavy burdened come find your rest in me” (Matthew 11:28). Jesus wants us to take time to pray and rest in Him, and for us to live a full and amazing life with Him (See John 10:10).
Understand that Jesus is always with you. He wants to take those thoughts and change them - from lies you may believe, to the truth. You may tell yourself, “I’m worthless” but the truth to keep in your mind is “God, who created the universe LOVES me so much that he DIED for me!” Remember that the world throws lies our way, causing us to believe things like our worth is based on how we look, how well we do in school or sports, that were not good enough, or that we are alone. But God already sees us as beautiful, incredible and valuable. He created you perfectly and loves you unconditionally!