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Have you ever felt as if nothing is going right? Everyone hates you, recently divorced, you just got fired from your job, you’ve lost a loved one in death; you feel as if this is the lowest point of your life and there is no escaping? There is no “seeing the light” shortly?

Maybe you think suicide is the only viable option for you or maybe you have attempted but failed.

Trust me, you are not alone.

WHO (World Health Organization) has reported that “more than 800,000 person people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide”. Surprisingly, also they have reported on September 2, 2019, that suicide “is the third leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds.” 

Suicide may seem tempting when you are in a dark situation however, it does nothing but hurt your family and friends. It is also considered to be very selfish for the following reasons:

#1. You cannot give life, so why take it? 

#2. You cause everlasting pain to the people that truly care about you

Everyone goes through a rough patch in their life; we live in an imperfect world with imperfect living conditions. My struggle may not be your struggle but we both have issues dealing with daily. We may never know how bad a situation is or we could find ourselves understanding why someone would consider suicide however is never our place to enact it.

After speaking to counselors, many suicidal individuals do not want to die; they just want to escape their pain. They want to get rid of the source of their pain; the thorn in their flesh. But you may wonder, what types of situation could draw someone to suicide? Consider the following (the list below is in no order):

  1. Drugs/Alcohol
  2. Death of a Loved One
  3. Loss/Failure: Employment, Friends, Social Status, Academic Life, 
  4. Sickness/Disease
  5. Divorce
  6. Isolation
  7. Domestic Abuse
  8. Bullying
  9. School/Work/Family Life
  10. Mental Illness
  11. Abandonment

SEEK HELP

Suicide is never the answer and should never be considered when you feel you are at your lowest, however, you should ask for help when confronted with this situation. Understandably, you may not want to let anyone know that you are considering suicide because of what you’ve recently faced but don’t you think it is worth the risk since we are talking about, literally, a life or death situation?

Who knows? Maybe you just need a medium to vent. Maybe you just needed time to see that the situation is not as bad as it seems. Maybe the desire to hurt yourself or end your life will pass with time or explaining to a trustworthy person.

In conclusion, Suicide is not the answer. We should never want to think of harming ourselves to get rid of the pain we are currently feeling. If the feeling is starting to overpower you, please reach out to someone you can trust and give yourself time to heal. 

If you or anyone you know is considering suicide, please reach out to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800-273-8255.

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