If you are thinking about committing suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK in the U.S.
Help Them Find The Alternative
Most people who commit suicide do not want to die. They just want to stop hurting. Committing suicide is a desperate attempt to escape and they can’t see any way of finding relief except through death. They just want the pain to stop and they can’t see any alternative.
Take ANY suicidal talk or behavior seriously. It is not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide IT IS A CRY FOR HELP!
This is Ciara’s Story. It could have easily been Claire’s (or any other child that has been bullied). Unfortunately, Ciara did not turn to her mom and dad for the help she needed. Instead, she caved in to the hopelessness and depression she felt after receiving a devastating medical diagnosis.
Ciara’s Story – As told by her parents Mike and Kim Gage
She had reached out to somebody.
She knew how her death would affect her mom and dad.
She knew how many people loved and cared deeply for her.
She knew that there was a solution to her pain.
Focus on The Future
Do not give up on this world. If you have suicidal thoughts or feelings, know that there is hope! There are people in your life who love and adore you. There are people in your life who will miss you if you’re gone. There are people in your life who will never be the same if you are no longer with them. You are not alone in your suffering. If you feel you have no one to turn to, reach out to the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Turning to strategies that are known to improve your wellbeing. Focus on yourself and your health. Turn to self-help books and materials online. Exercise to improve your mood. Find what you love and run with it! Do not feel like giving up is your only option. It gets better!