Call the suicide hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
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Thinking about suicide is happens, and happens for many people. When dealing with emotional pain, when your life seems overwhelming, there are ways to address your feelings and overcome that pain. It might take some time but there are people willing to listen to you, hear you, and offer alternatives to ending your life.
No matter how much pain you’re experiencing right now, you’re not alone. Many of us have had suicidal thoughts at some point in our lives. Feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn’t mean that you are crazy, or weak, or flawed. It only means that you have more pain than you can cope with right now. But with time and support, you can overcome your problems and the pain and suicidal feelings will pass.
Some of the finest, most admired, needed, and talented people have been where you are now. Many of us have thought about taking our own lives when we’ve felt overwhelmed by depression and devoid of all hope. But the pain of depression can be treated and hope can be renewed. No matter what your situation, there are people who need you, places where you can make a difference, and experiences that can remind you that life is worth living. It takes real courage to face death and step back from the brink. You can use that courage to face life, to learn coping skills for overcoming depression, and for finding the strength to keep going. Remember:
Reach out and call the hotline if you or a friend are considering suicide, 1 (800) 273-8255.
Counselor Kari Morton talks about the difference between the two and suggests when to consider seeing a doctor.
Dr. Tracey Marks talks about the difference between passive and active suicidal thoughts.
Sami Moukaddem talks about his struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
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