Suicidal Thoughts: What to Do
If you have thoughts of suicide, these options are available to you:
* Dial: 911
* Dial: 1-800-273-TALK
* Check yourself into the emergency room.
* Tell someone who can help you find help immediately.
* Stay away from things that might hurt you.
* Most people can be treated with a combination of antidepressant medication and psychotherapy.
If You Don’t Have Insurance
The following options might be used:
* Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
* Look in your local Yellow Pages under Mental Health and/or Suicide Prevention; then call the mental health organizations/crisis phone lines that are listed. There may be clinics or counseling centers in your area operating on a sliding or no-fee scale.
* Some pharmaceutical companies have “Free Medication Programs” for those who qualify. Visit the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill website at http://www.nami.org for more information.
That’s great and all, but I have one surefire win for suicide prevention that works every time.
That’s right, nothing.
Suicide takes work. Effort. Doing something, or not doing something when something must be done in order to avoid death.
So, if you’re feeling the urge to end your life, my best suggestion to you, in all honesty, is do nothing. Put the pause button on life, as it were, not the stop.
Go to bed if you can. When you wake up, odds are, you’ll either be thinking about something else, feel better enough to go talk to someone, or at least have made it another few hours without dying. After all – that’s the point, right? Not dying, I mean.
Don’t feel sleepy? Feel good and angry? Smoke some weed — THEN go to bed. That’s right. I said it. Better that someone get a different perspective on their issues than kill themselves out of rage for the problems they cannot fix all by themselves.
So… what do you do when you’ve smoked some weed, gone to bed, woken up and still want to die? You talk to a friend. And then you do it all again. With or without weed. And with or without going to therapy and all those other things you see above…
You do whatever you need to do to get by without doing something asinine despite yourself, because you know at the end of the day, what matters most is that you stay alive, because dying means saying goodbye to everyone you love and the parts of life that make you laugh even when you’re hurting.
When you’re at that dark place, what you need to hear… what you need to know – I mean, really know, is that someone, anyone cares about you. And really, you in particular.
Find friends or family to be around when you’re able. A support network is crucial to identify and develop. They can often hold the key to your wellbeing in times of crisis like this. I don’t know where I’d be without mine. 🙂