Help When Thoughts of Suicide Filled My Mind

By PeggySu Wells:

Have you felt hopeless? My friend recalled this crossroad experience, which saved her life:

 

Stock Photo by Stuart Miles

Stock Photo by Stuart Miles

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.

Hope for Teens Thinking About Suicide

Maggie was one of many teens thinking about suicide.  She was tired of living with her depression and believed she could never get better.  But she was wrong.  She says, “Know that help is available and help works.”

Watch as she tells her story and how a white ribbon assignment from her therapist helped her find peace and hope.  Maggie points out, “Some people might battle depression forever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live a mostly happy life.”

If you are a teen thinking about suicide, take Maggie’s advice and reach out by calling the suicide hotline below:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 273-8255

Or download a free suicide prevention iPhone App today, ASK !

Search under suicide prevention in App Store to get the ASK! about suicide App to save a life with warning signs, how to ask and hotlines.