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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I have decided to do a series on resources that are available for those who are (sadly) having suicidal thoughts. One thing I always do when I am feeling that way is to remind myself that I have a sick brain that lies to me. Then I count in my mind all the people who would be negatively affected by my killing myself. I even count my cat!  Caring for a pet has many mental health benefits. I do not want my cat to go to the pound where she might be put down.

I also tell myself that if I am still around then there must be a reason. I still have something to learn in this life, even of it is not apparent to me at the time.

And lastly therapy and support groups help me to put things in perspective and give me hope.


Anyway here is a good article I found listing tons of resources to help those who feel suicidal and those around them. Around 35,000 Americans die from suicide and one million attempt suicide in the U.S. every year. If you feel suicidal please get help!

English: Chart showing he circumstances for su...

English: Chart showing he circumstances for suicide in 16 states in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Suicide And The Cost Of Life


Suicide is a major public health concern. It affects young and old around the world without regard for gender, ethnicity, education, or income. Individuals who are suicidal can feel lost, confused, hopeless, alone, and unworthy. Issues like a sudden breakup, chronic illness, an untreated mental health condition, and being unable to find work, can lead individuals to believing that taking their own life is the only solution for stopping their pain. Suicide, however, can be prevented. Everyone can learn to be an advocate to support themselves, a friend, family member, neighbor, or work associate to get the help they need by turning to suicide prevention resources.


Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention


The Alliance works to carry out the goals of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a United States structured effort to halt suicide rates. Objectives of the plan include providing access to treatment and getting concerned citizens, businesses, researchers, and other sectors involved in the support process.


American Association of Suicidology


Suicide prevention professionals and volunteers will find training and accreditation programs, statistics, and current research useful for treating and prevention of suicides.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)


AFSP believes that the key to preventing suicide is encouraging openness in discussions and increasing research projects about and public education initiatives directed towards those in crisis.


Coping with Suicidal Thoughts (PDF)


Stay safe when dealing with thoughts of doing self-harm by developing a safety plan.


Department of Defense – Suicide Prevention & Awareness


Articles, videos, crisis line information and other prevention resources designed for all current or past service members.


Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance


Use this guide for basic suggestions useful to those dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.


Helping a Friend Scenario


Confused about what to say or do when someone you know appears to be suicidal? This mock conversation provides a look at what you can say and do to support.


How Senior Living Staff can Promote Emotional Health & Prevention of Suicides


This free toolkit is instantly available by download and address concerns of suicide among seniors.


How to Help Someone Who Is Suicidal


Those who are concerned about the emotional state of a family member, friend, or associate will find the suicide prevention tips, warning signs, and do’s and don’ts discussed in this article make talking about suicide a little less intimidating.


Invitations for Help (PDF)


Social prejudices that teach that suicidal individuals are being weak or selfish can stop those who need support from seeking it out. Communication, behaviors, and situations discussed here can identify those in danger of committing suicide and inform of ways to get help.


Jed Foundation


The Jed Foundation focuses on empowering college students to overcome suicidal thoughts.


Means Matter Campaign


This campaign addresses the methods used in suicide attempts and counsels on reducing access to highly lethal methods.


National Center for Injury Prevention & Control – Suicide Prevention


These data, reports, studies, and publications are useful in addressing and preventing suicides among youths and adults.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Suicide Prevention


The NIMH offers access to publications about suicide prevention, statistics, and treatment information.


National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS)


NOPCAS works to ensure that minorities are not ignored in suicide prevention interventions and strategies.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Lifeline delivers confidential suicide intervention nationwide to anyone experiencing a crisis at any time by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Reach Out


Those who are suicidal often feel as if they are alone. These survivor stories written by teens and young adults benefit those who are struggling realize there are others who have dealt with the same experiences.


Read This First


There is never any shame in asking for help. Individuals thinking about suicide should read these coping strategies.


Recommendations for Reporting On Suicide


Journalist and others in the media can play a large part in preventing suicides and encouraging those at risk to get help through responsible reporting practices. These recommendations dissect how the media can positively increase awareness of suicide.




Having a safe and private way to speak to speak to someone who will be supportive and nonjudgmental can help to prevent suicide. The Samaritans offer this needed support by phone, email, text and in branch offices for those in the United Kingdom.


Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide


Teenagers just like adults can feel so overwhelmed and confused by the struggles of life that they consider suicide as an option. This society focuses on stopping teen suicides with information provided for teenagers, parents, and educators.


Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)


Those having thoughts of doing harm to themselves and those who do not know what steps to take when someone they love appears suicidal can use these resources from SAVE. Suicide facts, warning signs, and myths are addressed.




Find Information here on different suicide prevention topics including how to recognize depression in elderly individuals.


Suicide Prevention Resource Center


Everyone can play a role in aiding someone to not commit suicide. These customized fact sheets give an overview of suicide related situations that those in specific roles might encounter. Guidance on appropriate responses in these situations is also addressed.


Take 5 to Save Lives


These ideas are created to help prevent a suicide related death in just 5 minutes.


The Bright Side


Greater understanding of suicide leads to earlier recognition of symptoms and timely intervention to save lives. 10 reasons not to commit suicide are also featured.


The Jason Foundation, Inc.


The Jason Foundation offers public workshops, training for professionals who work with youths, and information for parents to protect children.


The Trevor Project


Suicide and crisis intervention directed at youths and those who interact with youths dealing with issues related to sexual orientation. The Trevor Lifeline can also be reached at 866-488-7386 for immediate aid.


Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program


Reviewing the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide can be helpful if determining if a teen you care about needs to get help.


Youth Suicide Prevention Program


Videos, posters, and other resources here expose the truth about youth suicides. Awareness of the warning signs discussed here and frequently asked questions relevant to kids, teenagers, and parents can aid in preventing tragedy.


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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This inspiring story is from www.deeperstory.com/your-story-worth-finishing

Your Story is Worth Finishing

by Luke

Content Warning: This post speaks candidly of suicide and suicidal ideations.

The purpose of this post is to raise awareness for National Suicide Prevention Week. Know the signs. Be involved. Be a safe place. Go to the NSPW website to learn more.

I. The Wound.

Two years ago, I was sitting alone on the floor of my closet at 2 in the morning with the cold, metallic heft of release resting in my lap. I can still remember what it felt like. It was heavy and awkward in my clammy hands as my fingers traced the letters etched into the slide:


It wasn’t the first time in my life I’d been down this road, but it was definitely the farthest I’d ever ventured down it. There had been thoughts in the past, even some rough plans, but never this detailed. I was ready, except I hadn’t written a note.

I’ve struggled with depression my whole life. I self-medicated with whatever I could – adrenaline, food, a little pot, more than a little alcohol and a lot of prescription drugs. But you probably never would’ve known. My family and friends didn’t know while I was growing up. I was an athlete, an honor student, a musician. I was involved in church. I had some genuinely great friends. On the outside I looked like the kid that had it all together, while on the inside, I was fighting just to hold on.

And so the charade continued.

Two years ago, I was “successful.” Two years ago I was “happy.” Two years ago, I had a good job and a wonderful family and all of those things that let us know that we’ve made it.

But I was broken. The birth of our second son marked the break in the walls of compartmentalization I had so carefully and painstakingly built, and years of repressed psychological and emotional damage came flooding in. I was out of control. I needed to regain control, and this, I reasoned, was one way to do it.

But I still needed to write a note.

I sat contemplating how to frame the end of my story, trying to find the words to make sure my wife didn’t blame herself, as my thumb involuntarily stroked the safety. How could I make her understand, make them all understand that it would be better this way, that they would be better off this way?

But I waited too long. My oldest son cried out in his sleep with a night terror. Instinct took over, and before I knew what I was doing, the gun was back in the safe and the boy was in my arms, body racked with sobs of terror and tears streaming down his face.

At some point, I’m not sure when, I realized that he’d stopped crying, and that the sobs were mine.

The tears were mine.

Some day I’ll tell him that he saved my life. Some day I’ll tell him that his tiny hand on my face that night was the first thing I’d really felt in almost a decade. Some day I’ll tell him that it was at that moment in his bedroom in the middle of the night that I realized there was a different way to take control.

I started thinking about a new note, one to reach out for help instead of offering premature goodbyes.

II. To the Wounded

You think that you don’t matter. You think you’re invisible. You think you’re alone, that your life has no value. You think that not being alive is better than being in whatever hellish reality you’re living in. You need to control something, and you think this is the only way to do it.

But you do matter. Maybe you don’t have a two year old with impeccable timing to let you know that you matter, so this is me telling you that you do. You matter to you. You matter to people around you that you don’t even realize. You matter to me because I see you on the same road that I was on, and this is me going right back down that road to get you.

This is me opening doors that I’ve never dared to open publicly because the fact that you’re reading this means maybe you’re looking for a reason not to and I’m telling you that this is it. This is me, jumping up and down, waving my arms and screaming that I see you, that you’re not alone, that your life has value. This is me telling you all of the things that I wish someone would have told me when I started down that road. It is worth it. You’re worth it. You are loved, you are loved, you are loved.

If you close the book now, when the drama in the story is at its most fevered and the pain most intense, you’ll never know how the hero of your story would’ve turned out.

Your story matters, and it’s worth finishing.

The world is full of people who’ve been to those dark places but who came out the other side and discovered a better way to take control: by re-writing their own stories.

Reaching out for help was one of the hardest, most painful things that I’ve ever done. Healing is ugly and it’s messy and it takes a long time and there will always be scars, but what matters is that our stories go on. My story could have ended with a widow wondering what she possibly could have done and two boys growing up wondering why their dad left them alone, but instead, it’s still being written. The pages are dog-eared and highlihgted with words and lines and whole paragraphs crossed out in some places, but in spite of all the edits, it’s a story that’s worth finishing.

And so is yours.

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Do not be afraid.” – Frederick Buechner

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please seek help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline has trained counselors available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you don’t want to talk to a stranger, reach out to a family member or a friend. Talk to a pastor or priest. Talk to someone, anyone. If you’re tooo scared or embarrassed to talk to anyone else, you can talk to me. You can @ me or DM me on twitter @lukeharms or email me at luke (dot) a (dot) harms (at) gmail (dot) com. Take control by reaching out and deciding to heal.