Your Story is Not Over
Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life, often done in response to intense overwhelming and unbearable emotional pain. Suicide is preventable. Many people who die by suicide do not actually want to die. They need the intense pain to go away and may think that suicide is the only way.
Suicidal ideation or suicidal thoughts can involve active or passive thoughts. Passive thoughts involve a desire to die but without an actual plan. Active suicidal thoughts involve a desire to die with a plan to carry out death. If you or anyone you know are having active suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately; call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or call a suicide hotline number- 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Most people who are having suicidal thoughts usually give some kind of clue or warning signs that they intend to die by suicide.
Signs can include:
Talking about suicide; statements like “I want to die,” “ I wish I was never born,” “ I just want it all to end”
Withdrawing or isolating from others
Being preoccupied with death, dying, or violence
Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order
Saying good-bye to others as if leaving forever
Excessive moodiness or sadness
Dangerous or self-harming behaviors (reckless driving, unsafe sex, increase use of drugs or alcohol)
Recent trauma or crisis
Talking about feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
Talking or asking someone about suicide will NOT make them more likely to kill themselves. Talking about suicide will give that person an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about something they might have been keeping a secret.
There are many ways we can help remove the stigma and make it more socially acceptable to get help when it’s needed. Talking openly about mental illness can help others reach out without the worry of social rejection or ridicule. Breaking the stigma can help reduce the suffering of those with mental illness and increase the ability of those around them to support them.
There are many ways you can show your support; suicide prevention walks in your community, fundraising and/or educating yourself about suicide. Aspire Counseling will be supporting We Walk 4 Life this Sunday at the McLeod County Fairgrounds. If you come, stop by our table and say hi!