When Suicide Seems the Only Option

By PeggySue Wells

A friend of Peggy’s shares hope for those who think suicide seems the only option.

 

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Seasons of famine in our lives can be caused by broken relationships, financial struggles, or by periods of severe stress. For my friend it was all three at the same time. Here is his experience.

“Through my own poor behavior choices, I lost my job, my house, and my wife.  Going through that loss brought me to the brink of suicide. I didn’t see any other option.

But my mother faithfully drove out to spend time with me every weekend for four months. She had little money but she always treated me to a meal, movie, or shopping trip.

She sacrificed her own needs for mine. If it were not for my mom, I wouldn’t be here today. She was lifeline when I was drowning in despair. When I was thinking about suicide, she showed me how to live again.

“From her example, I learned to look for the signs of depression in others and give a little of my time to be with that person. Going through that dark tunnel of hopelessness is brighter when someone shares the journey.”

If you are thinking that suicide seems the only option for you, like my friend did at the low place in his life, allow someone to share the journey with you. There is hope. Someone is waiting to talk with you at the National Suicide Hotline, 800-273-TALK (8285). Call today. Call now.

“When helping someone, it is more important to bring hope than to be an expert.” Pat Palau (Breast cancer survivor)

 PeggySue Wells has written many books helpful for those who are struggling, including Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After and What To Do When You’re Scared To Death.

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If depressed and suicidal, get help by dialing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline. IF IN IMMEDIATE DANGER of harming yourself or someone else, please call 911.1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or (in Spanish)
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