September is Suicide Awareness Month, and with this, we are tackling some of the thoughts some people have, falsely believing that suicide is the answer. It’s not.
2020 will come down in the history books as one of the most tumultuous and uncertain times for all humanity. It has brought us many kinds of crisis, mental health included.
In fact, many people across the globe deal with escalating rates of suicidal ideation and completion. One of its reasons is depression, high amounts of stress, isolation, and also addiction.
Many people have a hard time coping and as a result are looking for the means to cope, even if their ways can be destructive. But let us tell you:
Suicide is not the answer.
But why do many people seem to think otherwise?
Let’s talk and dive deep.
Why suicide is not the answer
People go through hardships in life as well as mental health challenges. These can be overwhelming and even paralyzing. It can be hard to think rationally and function normally.
If you’re ever one of those people who think this way, please keep in mind that regardless of how bad your situation is right now, things change over time.
It may feel like you can’t bear your life or situation right now. You may feel like things are hopeless. Just remember, that doesn’t last forever.
So, if you’re experiencing thoughts of suicide, know that it’s not the answer. Do these things instead.
What else can you do?
- Focus on the facts instead of your thoughts. Focus on the reality of your situation and what your options are to make things better. You may tend to think of negative things, or dwell on negative feelings. These can feed your ideation of suicide as the answer. However, make sure to separate your thoughts or feelings from the situation. Write it down if you have to. Or even talk to a trusted confidante to help you get some perspective. Your thoughts and feelings may blind you from seeing the reality of the situation and assess things objectively.
- No situation is hopeless. Things change and you can’t predict the future. All you can do is to try your best everyday. Even just for yourself. Show self-love and remember, be patient with yourself. Forgive yourself. Let yourself breathe and do something that you like doing for a change. Always have even just a small spark of home that things will still get better.
- Seek help. Don’t be afraid to seek help when you’re feeling overwhelmed. When you feel like suicide is the only option and you’re in that precipice, talk to a trusted person or a counselor. This should not be ignored. Seek professional help when necessary.
Keep in mind that suicidal thoughts may also have something to do with mental health issues or behavioral disorders, so it’s best to contact a professional.
You are not alone. A lot of people can help you. Bridges of Hope can help you too, especially if you’re also struggling with addiction and behavioral disorders. Contact us today at 09175098826.