Suicide is one of those subjects that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing. If you’re the one feeling suicidal, you may be afraid that you’ll be judged or labeled “crazy” if you open up. Or maybe you’re just convinced that no one could possibly understand. It’s not much easier for concerned friends and family members, who may hesitate to speak up for fear that they’re wrong or that they’ll say the wrong thing.
The important thing to understand is that feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn’t mean that a person is crazy, or weak, or flawed. It only means that the person has more pain than they feel capable of coping with. But help is out there. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. So don’t wait: reach out.
Need to talk to someone right now?
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For a suicide helpline outside the U.S., visit IASP or Suicide.org.