National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
In the aftermath of suicide, many survivors feel totally hopeless and alone. Some even begin to feel suicidal themselves. If this happens to you, know that you are not alone. You will, eventually begin to feel better, but for now, if you are having suicidal thoughts, you need professional help.
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY has some important facts they would like to share with you:
"Suicidal thinking is usually associated with problems that can be treated. Clinical depression, anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, and other disorders produce profound emotional distress. They also interfere with effective problem-solving. But you need to know that new treatments are available, and studies show that the vast majority of people who receive appropriate treatment improve or recover completely. Even if you have received treatment before, you should know that different treatments work better for different people in different situations. Several tries are sometimes necessary before the right combination is found.
If you are unable to think of solutions other than suicide, it is not that solutions don't exist, only that you are currently unable to see them. Therapists and counselors (and sometimes friends) can help you see solutions that otherwise are not apparent. Suicidal crises are almost always temporary. Although it might seem as if your unhappiness will never end, it is important to realize that crises are usually time-limited. Solutions are found, feelings change, unexpected positive events occur. Suicide is sometimes referred to as "a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
Problems are seldom as great as they appear at first glance. Job loss, financial problems, and loss of important people in our lives --- all such stressful events can seem catastrophic at the time they are happening. Then, months or years later, they usually look smaller and more manageable.
Reasons for living can help sustain a person in pain. A famous psychologist once conducted a study of Nazi concentration camp survivors and found that those who survived almost always reported strong beliefs about what was important in life. You, too, might be able to strengthen your connection with life if you consider what has sustained you through hard times in the past. Family ties, religion, love of art or nature, and dreams for the future are just a few of the many aspects of life that provide meaning and gratification, but which we can lose sight of due to emotional distress." -- American Association of Suicidiology