(US and International suicide hotlines at the end)
Dear fellow humans,
If you made it past a really bad yesterday it means that you’re still here today, able to reach a computer, your eyes aren’t burning badly and too blurry from exhaustion. That’s a lot than what some people can say, the ones that collapse into an unconscious heap, sleep-starved. I don’t know what your life is like so I’m not going to pretend that I do but I have an idea of how it can knock a body down.
It’s extremely saddening to hear when someone gives up on the whole business of existing. Suicide isn’t the solution. If anything, it makes life even more terrible for those still alive. This is issue has been plaguing me off and on for the past few months; why is it so appealing? Oblivion? But what use is that? When so many people are fighting every second, grabbing with hands and feet onto the thread that still binds them to life.
“There’s no such thing as an ordinary human.”
~The (ninth) Doctor
To friends and family and co-workers and even strangers
I understand it’s difficult to spot when when someone is thinking about committing suicide but whenever you see a friend depressed or withdrawn, try to talk to them. A lot of people feel unloved and not cared for, that they’re so insignificant that their absence won’t even matter. Show them that you’re there whenever they need you.
To you, the suicidal
Don’t do it. Please please please don’t. You’re so much more than nothing. You can turn around if you try and you really have to try. If not for your sake now, think about the family and friends and the strangers you’ll never meet, because you can affect everyone of them. One man caused the holocaust, he made that difference. So what change can you, a good person, make?
“900 years of time and space and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.”
– The (tenth) Doctor
You can be so much more. There might not be anyone else there for you but you. You are all that you have and you can be strong. I know, personally, someone who very nearly killed herself for the most stupid reason and today she see’s what a fool she was. Not all worries are stupid, or inconsequential but if you’re still breathing the next day, well, it means that it hasn’t destroyed you. If you can survive another day then you can do it again, again … and a thousand other days.
You’re on this earth for a reason, no two ways about it. Don’t make waste, make haste.
You’re beautiful, it’s just that you might not be able to see it, other will have so let them help you.
You have to be brave, yours is a life-force that’s too precious to be discarded.
Here’s a list of US suicide hotlines. I’ve found a couple of websites that you should visit, Mental Illness Mouse and Suicide.org.
Do the world a favour and choose life.
One of the countless who really do care.
International Suicide Hotlines
(Outside of the United States)
Please click on your country below:
Paupua New Guinea Suicide Hotlines
Russian Federation Suicide Hotlines
Trinidad and Tobago Suicide Hotlines
United Kingdom Suicide Hotlines
5 responses to “An open letter to the suicidal”
Here! Here! Good piece! I hope your life is free of such thoughts
Thanks, Joe. Not to worry, I’m continuously finding reasons why living is much much better 😉
These days, with so much pressure. Some have chosen this path. It’s so sad every time I hear about it too. Very important message querida amiga, so very important.
It breaks my heart, Andy, it does. There is never a shortage of human compassion and we need to give a hand to one another. If I become the teacher like I hope to, I hope to do my best especially in this respect.
I have confidence that you will not only be a teacher, But also influence those you touch and those who know you in the right direction, Just believe in it Devina. 🙂