By PeggySu Wells:
Have you felt hopeless? My friend recalled this crossroad experience, which saved her life:
I was desperately sad and thoughts of suicide filled my mind. Life was tragically hard. Death appeared to be a tonic, a release from the unrequited pain. The only thing that stayed my hand was my children. I felt guilty leaving them. Still, I often thought about ending my life. I had even mentioned this to my pastor. He gave me a phone number.
Today I dialed the number.
“National Suicide Prevention Hotline.”
“I hurt so bad. I want to take a knife and stab it into my gut and twist it.”
The voice on the other end was gentle. “Don’t.”
I sagged back against the counter.
“And whenever you feel like you have to, just don’t. Whenever you have thoughts of suicide, just don’t.”
One understanding voice saved my life with one word. That was a long time ago. My children are grown and so are my grandchildren and I was here to be a positive part of their lives. Suicide seemed like the answer at the time, but now I can see it wasn’t.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline PSA (Kevin Hines from The Bridge)
If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-TALK.