Have You Ever Thought Want to Kill Myself?

How many times have you had a voice  in the back of your mind saying, “I want to kill myself!”?
First off, you should know you are not alone and you are not crazy. In fact many people think about it at one point or another. Sadly, about 1 million people per year actually commit suicide, sometimes after seeking medical attention. If you are having these thoughts and have come here, take heart. You can get through this and live a happy life.

First and Foremost
When you are gripped by unimaginable pain and/or hopelessness, it can be hard to see a way out. Accepting that there is a light at the end of the tunnel when you are pretty sure you have been dropped into the deepest darkest cavern on earth seems like an insurmountable task. So, instead of trying to find a happy place, or reason out your despair, first promise yourself that you will do nothing for at least 24-hours, (and a week is better!).

If you have already brought things into your home or room to aid your aim, throw them in the garbage immediately, or have someone come over and remove them for you. This leads to the next step, find a friend..

Find Someone
You would want to be called if the position was reversed, if someone who knew you was having thoughts of suicide.

 Who is your best friend? If you do not have many friends, who is the last person you felt you could trust?
When you are arguing with yourself about how to end your misery, you need to get some third party input. Call a friend, family member, pastor or a neighbour and actually say the words aloud. Saying, “I am thinking about killing myself” may be hard to do, but once you get it out you should be able to find some assistance.

If you do not feel that you have a single person to talk or open up to, then call a suicide hotline. There are caring individuals on the other end of the phone line who can help you work through your feelings, plus you are not face-to-face so there is no reason to feel embarrassed.

If you are having suicidal thoughts right now, please call someone! You are not crazy, weak or stupid, you are in real pain and there is someone out there who cares enough to help. Remember just because you cannot see a way out, does not mean there isn’t one, you just need someone to guide you through the darkness, and there is absolutely no shame in that.

Disclaimer:  The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation (1800HOLDON.com.au) is providing information only, not medical or psychological assessment, advice or treatment.
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