Suicide Prevention: Have You Ever Contemplated Suicide?
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I have friends who’ve tried suicide many times and haven’t succeeded. I attempted, so I had a connection with that sort of group of people who have tried suicide at one time in their lives. ~ Judy Collins
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.
Here Are Some Helpful Links:
- Why should I not commit suicide?
- Do we have an appointed time of death?
- Does the Bible talk about euthanasia / assisted suicide?
- Is there anything I can do to guarantee myself a long life?
- What is the Christian view of suicide? What does the Bible say about suicide?
Suicide prevention takes a little planning and effort. Here are some encouraging scriptures about reasons for living.
Let Us Help You Think More Clearly!
Suicide is a serious thing. And if you know anyone who is suicidal, you need to get them help. No one should be in pain. Everyone should love themselves. ~ Gerard Way
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
My Story Concerning Suicidal Thoughts That Plagued Me
When I was a junior in high school, I had thoughts of suicide. It was a tough time in my life. I did not want to die, but I lost the desire to keep on living and was struggling with school pressures and the death of a very close friend, not to mention that I was using marijuana and alcohol, and other drugs more and more to escape reality.
I was what you would call superficially involved with a church at St. Gregory’s the Great when I was in grade school, but even so, I knew that God was there for me. Though life was complicated and confusing, it was also scary and drained me emotionally and physically. I just kept praying this bad dream would be over, and thank God He answered my prayer!
I did not wish to be dead necessarily, but I could not deal with life and all the pain the way it was.
All the pain I was experiencing. I did not know how to cope with my feelings. These feelings started coming to a head when my best friend Steve Mader died at age 17 when I was 16 years old. Contacting someone from suicide prevention would have been a wise thing to do. Still, I was unaware of it, so instead, I had to deal with my thoughts and feelings independently. I self-medicated myself with marijuana, alcohol, and other harmful substances. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous were somewhat helpful, but without God, my life kept bottoming out.
I remember not wanting to go shopping for clothes in high school because I did not want to waste my parents’ money since I was emotionally ready to check out for good by taking my life. It was mentally very tough to live when I kept on fanaticizing about being dead. It was very fortunate that I got medical help in a hospital and support from my family – mostly my mom – who did everything she could do to help me and make things the best she could for me.
The psych hospital did help a little.
It bought me time to get a handle on things. I know people were praying for me, and I just kept trying to cooperate. It was not until about ten years later that I got the right drug and alcohol treatment that I needed in long-term treatment, but I kept treading water, sort to speak up until then. Things kept the same with my using drugs and alcohol until I got into trouble with the law. I have been clean and sober since June 25, 1986. Praise God!
Thankfully I have been able to help my mom by repaying her by taking care of her for the last eight years of her life. It was interesting how she helped me, and then I helped her. I am so thankful to God that He took away those thoughts and gave me a new start. The big thing for me was to stay alcohol and drug-free. With that under my belt, I had a fighting chance. My prayer is that the same thing happens to you and your situation. Life is worth living once we find our purpose!
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Why Should I Not Commit Suicide?
Addiction Resource Links:
Life can be extremely painful. I know for a fact. When you are down and hurting, it is sometimes hard to think clearly or rationally.
You are not alone (chat now). Most people would have to admit that they have at least once thought about the idea of suicide. Suicide prevention saves lives!
Call this number right now 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you have had any recent thoughts of suicide. There is help available now, and please do not delay!
Even thoughts of living life can make living life such a painful burden. I know that feeling, and that is why you need God’s help and help from others who care, so once again, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).~ Bill Greguska
Prevent Suicide By Crying Out To God For Help!
Factors like mental illness, substance abuse, exposure to the other person’s suicide, stressful life events, and family history can all contribute to an increased risk of suicidal tendencies.
- Recognizing Suicidal Behavior
- Know the Warning Signs of Suicide
- Warning Signs and Immediate Risk for Suicide
- Suicide Warning Signs
- Youth Suicide Warning Signs
- What to Look for Suicide Warning Signs
- Warning Signs of Suicide
- Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts
There Is Help Available For You!
There are many free prevention hotlines to call, and you can also reach out to resources like mental health professionals, spiritual advisers, friends, and family members. If you feel that a person is at immediate risk and unsure if you will prevent suicide, you should take them to an urgent care facility for assessment. Don’t just let them be alone.
Once you have helped them get the assistance they need, make sure you continue to be there. Stay in touch with a person after they discuss feeling suicidal or discharged from care, as this support can be vital as they are getting their lives back on track.
- Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
- Suicide Prevention Outside the Psychiatry Department
- Preventing Suicide Through Connectedness
- Preventing Youth Suicide
- Seven Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide
- Suicide Prevention Takes Some Focus
- We Can All Prevent Suicide
- Preventing Suicide in All the Wrong Ways
- Supporting Someone Post Suicide Attempt
- Beyond Blue: Support After a Suicide Attempt
- What About After a Suicide Attempt, the Risk of Another Try
- Suicide Attempt Survivor Next Steps
- Advice for Loved Ones After a Suicide Attempt
- After an Attempt
25 Suicide Prevention Resources Links
- Suicide and Depression: Risks and Warnings
- Warning Signs of Suicide
- Suicidal Warning Signs
- Suicidal Behavior
- Suicide Is Preventable: Know the Signs
- Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Suicide
- American Psychological Association: Suicide Warning Signs
- Teenage Warning Signs
- How to Help Someone Who Is Suicidal
- Video and Tips
- Preventing Youth Suicide
- CDC: Preventing Suicide
- Youth in the Home (PDF)
- Children Ages 10 to 19
- National Lifeline
- Fighting Suicidal Thoughts
- Read This First
- Dealing With Suicidal Thoughts
- How Can I Cope Right Now?
- Statistics, Treatment, and Therapy
- Helping a Friend or Family Member Who Is Suicidal
- Resource Center
- Befrienders International
- The Trevor Project
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A Special Link for a Little Extra Encouragement
Thank God that I pulled through – it was worth all the effort it took. The same results can happen for you or someone you know, as long as you get the help you need as I did. Life can be extremely painful, and problems can seem overwhelming at times, but I have learned that God has a plan for every one of us.
Sometimes it takes some extra effort and faith to get to where you want and need to be. I would strongly suggest calling 1-800-273-8255 to at least talk to someone who cares and can help you sort through your problems.
There Is Help For You If You Are Hurting!
- Why should I not commit suicide?
- “I’ve been depressed. I’ve had suicidal thoughts. I realize I’m not full-on there because I never could plan it. But the fact of the matter is, there is a way out, there is help.” Mariel Hemingway
- How can a Christian overcome depression?
- Help for those who are grieving.
- John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
- “When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” ~Alexander Graham Bell
- Suicide is not the answer! Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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