This post is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, it's extremely important to seek help from a mental health professional. Please dial 988, the Suicide and Crisis Hotline. There is help.
If you've found your way to this post, you might be experiencing a profound level of emotional pain. In these moments, it might feel like you're alone, that no one understands, or that there is no way out. But, we want you to know that it's okay to feel this way, and you're not alone in your struggles.
The reality is, many of us have faced dark moments, and it's important to understand that these feelings are not permanent. Even if it seems impossible to believe right now, there is a way through the darkness, and help is available. No matter how difficult things are, there is always “beyond this.”
There is Always Someone Ready to Listen
The first step when you're feeling this way is to reach out to someone. This could be a trusted friend, family member, counselor, or a mental health professional. Don't hesitate to make use of crisis lines, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. These services are available 24/7 and are staffed by trained professionals who can provide immediate help.
Compassionate Care is Available
If you're feeling suicidal, it's important to seek professional help. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists are trained to help you navigate through your feelings and provide you with the tools to cope. Don't feel ashamed or guilty for having these thoughts. Mental health conditions are real, valid, and treatable, just like any physical health condition. You're not alone, and it's okay to ask for help.
Remember, this is Temporary
In the midst of deep pain, it can feel like things will never get better. But it's crucial to remember that our feelings and circumstances change over time. What feels overwhelming today may not feel the same way tomorrow, next week, or next month. There is always a possibility for change, for growth, and for improvement.
Your existence is significant, and your pain is valid. But remember, you are more than your pain. You have unique talents, strengths, and capabilities. You have people who care about you, and there are many more who would be willing to offer their support if they knew what you were going through.
Join a Support Network
There are numerous online and offline support groups that can provide companionship, understanding, and shared coping strategies. Hearing others' experiences and how they've found their way through the darkness can be incredibly comforting and inspiring.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
Physical health is deeply intertwined with mental health. Ensure you're eating healthily, getting enough sleep, and engaging in regular physical activity. This may seem difficult in your current state, but even small steps towards taking care of your physical health can have a positive impact on your mental well-being.
Life can be incredibly hard, and it's okay to acknowledge that. But in your darkest moments, it's important to remember that you're not alone, that help is available, and that things can and do get better. Reach out, speak up, and let others in. There is a world of support waiting for you.
Remember, it's okay to ask for help, and there's no shame in doing so. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or your local emergency number.