Do you sometimes feel that life is not worth living, and it would be better to just end it? Suicidal thoughts are not unusual. A traumatic situation, a failure in love, work or studies, intense loneliness or any other difficulty can lead to them. Anyone can experience these feelings. Not even outward success, wealth, talent or fame protects one from the pain that feels so unbearable that the thought of ending it is almost a relief.
If that’s where you find yourself now, there is a way out of this place of despair.
Here’s what you need to know
- You are not crazy, bad or weak.
- You may not even really want to die –just want the pain to stop.
- Even problems that seem hopeless do have a solution.
- Some people may have hurt you, but there are others who care and can help.
- Others have felt this way before and have got through – you can too.
What you can do
- Promise not to do anything to harm yourself for now. Tell yourself that you will wait at least 24 hours before you act.
- Don’t drink alcohol or take drugs – that will only make it worse.
- Talk to someone right now, and tell them how you feel. This could be:
- A family member or friend that you trust
- A helpline
- Your doctor or counsellor
- A trusted mentor, spiritual leader
- A manager at work
- Make your space safe. For now, put away or throw away anything that you could use to harm yourself.
- Don’t remain alone. Ask someone to be with you or go and meet them.
- Meet a professional who can help you. This could be your doctor, a psychiatrist or a hospital with a psychiatric unit. It would help if you ask a family member or friend to come with you.
- If you had been suicidal earlier but the thoughts have subsided now, it is still important to get help. Talking to a counsellor will help you take care of yourself and keep strong and resilient.
You CAN get through this. It may take a little time to feel better, but there are people who can help you through this difficult time. Don’t give up.