Depression and Suicidal Thoughts - Getting Help

Teri Robert Health Guide
  • Suicide, taking one's own life. It's something we're afraid to talk about... something we whisper around like some people whisper the "Big C." By the time we work up the nerve to talk about feelings of suicide, we're in desperate shape.

    On MyDepressionConnection, we're all dealing with depression in one way or another. I don't have any statistics, but if I were to guess, I'd guess that the majority of us have considered suicide at one time or another.

    Did you know . . . ?

    • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25- to 34-year-olds.
    • Suicide is the third leading cause among 15-24-year-olds.
    • Men who are 75-years-old and older have the highest rate of suicide.
    • For every successful suicide attampt, there are 25 failed attempts
    • More than 90% of suicides are linked to a mental health condition.

    As I look at the titles of the SharePosts here, I see:

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    • feeling alone
    • just want to know I am not the only one out there going through all I go through
    • Living without joy
    • The End of Hope Comes Surprisingly Swiftly
    • Too Tired To OFF Myself

    In those titles, I sense frustration, loneliness, desperation. In some of the SharePosts here, I see people who feel beaten and have given up.

    Reading some of the SharePosts is heart-breaking. There are days when I cry with and for you. All too often, I'm at a loss for how to help, what to say to you. Some of the SharePosts make me fear for the people who wrote them. I watch in the following days for the person to post again, to know that they're OK.

    If you find yourself thinking of taking your life, thinking of dying, PLEASE tie a knot in the end of your rope, and hang on! Write your SharePost, and then keep checking back for some support. Call 800-273-8255 (TALK). There are people there who are trained to talk to you and help you when you feel this way.

    When we feel this way, and for many of us, there will be times when we do, we can't be afraid to talk about it. We can't just whisper. We must speak up and get the help we need. Every single life has value. Our lives have value, even when things are so dark we don't see it.

    You may wonder why I'm writing this. I'm writing out of concern for our members here, our online "family." How can we help you? How can we help each other more and better? PLEASE, if you have suggestons or comments, click the "Add Comment" at the bottom of this post and talk to me. Tell me how we can help, please.

    Thinking of you,



    ScoutNews. "Know Suicide's Warning Signs." HealthDay News. March 23, 2008

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Published On: January 07, 2009