Suicide Is NOT an Option
Have you had suicidal thoughts?
Have you made a plan?
Have you attempted to kill yourself?
Wherever you are – you are not alone. There is hope and you are not helpless.
Chat now with us if you need to talk to someone about it.
There are other options besides suicide, even if you feel like you are in immense pain and suffering, there are other ways to make it stop than to stop living.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, here are several steps you can take that can save your life:
Seek Immediate Help
If you are thinking about attempting suicide or you may hurt yourself, please call:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor.
Reach out to a friend, a family member, a spiritual leader, or your doctor.
With the help of a doctor or a counselor, take action in your life. Whether it is learning coping strategies or receiving treatment for related causes like overwhelming depression or anxiety, be on the front end of this.
If you have a plan to end your life or have access to medications, large quantities of alcohol, firearms, knives, or any other dangerous items, get rid of them. If they are not in the house, not in the car, not easily accessible, then out of sight, out of mind, and the harder it will be to end your own life.
Remember, drugs and alcohol will only worsen or increase suicidal thoughts. They won’t help you in the long run.
Create a Plan for Life
Have a checklist written out for when thoughts of suicide come your way.
This list may include:
Call your doctor, therapist, crisis center, or loved one. Keep a list of people you can call when you need help accessible.
Try healthy and enjoyable activities when negative thoughts spiral into your mind
This could be taking a walk, riding a bike, gardening, petting a dog, etc.
Write down why your life is valuable and your reasons for living
For your family, for your children, for your loved ones
There is Hope
You have people who love you. Focus on them. Stay social, stay connected and join a support group like Celebrate Recovery that can be incredibly beneficial.
Keep a “hope journal” for whenever something in life happens that you can appreciate and remember. You can also include encouraging verses from the Bible or small messages of hope from those who care about you.
Here are several scripturesthat may provide comfort:
“God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil.”
“Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.”
“If I walk into the thick of danger, you will preserve my life…You will extend your hand; your right hand will save me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Lord, your faithful love endures forever”
Feelings are only temporary, and life can get better. Don’t lose hope.