If you’re thinking about suicide
You can go on. You can recover. You can find your way through whatever mess you are facing. And we can help you find the way to do that. Please give us the chance.
We have known and helped many people who were thinking about suicide. We know from experience that it is possible to get through it. In fact, most people do get through it.
Suicidal feelings and urges are temporary. The pain or shame or anger or sadness that makes you feel suicidal is also temporary. You can recover, and you will, if you give yourself the chance.
We know, because you’re reading this, that your mind is not completely made up. You’re considering your options.
Please consider this:
Right now your pain, or shame, or anger, or sadness, is keeping you from thinking clearly about your other options. It doesn’t mean the other options aren’t there, it’s just that these overwhelming feelings are blocking your view. Here’s what to do about it:
1. Give yourself the time to let the feelings subside. Commit to giving yourself another 24 hours, a weekend, several days—whatever works for you. But give yourself the time to let some of the intensity of feelings wear off.
2. Now, during that breathing period, take the time to sleep, eat right, don’t drink, don’t get high. You’re making important decisions right now; you need your most clear thinking.
3. Get rid of any guns, knives, or other dangerous things in your house or apartment. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to be impulsive.
4. Talk about it. Talk to someone who cares about you, someone who you think will do what’s best for you. If you don’t have a family member or close friend you can talk to, confide in a trusted teacher, a counselor, a doctor, a clergy person.
If you can’t think of someone you trust enough to talk about your situation, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255. They are always there, and will always listen and be kind to you.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255