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Suicide

What is it?

You probably know that suicide is when someone decides to end their own life because death seems like a better option than living. You probably also know that young adults are most likely to make a suicide attempt than anyone else. But you may not know why you feel this way or how to make those suicidal thoughts go away.

Learning the risk factors that make someone more likely to attempt suicide can go a long way towards understanding why people feel that their lives aren’t worth living. Mental health issues, the loss of a loved one from death or a break-up, and substance abuse are all major risk factors. Dealing with these issues can help minimize thoughts of suicide. There are also protective factors like mental health care and a strong support system that can help strengthen resilience, which weakens the power of those risk factors. 

When you or someone you care about is suicidal, it’s incredibly important to get help immediately. Supporting someone who is thinking about suicide can be very stressful, it’s OK to get help for yourself too.

What are the warning signs?

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

How can I get help?

Anytime you are in crisis you can call or chat with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

If you are a veteran or the family member of a veteran, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to speak with a trained crisis counselor. You may also chat online or text 838255.

Safety plans can help guide people through difficult moments and stay safe. Learn how to make your own.  The My3 App can help you stay connected to people in your support network.

The Lifeline created this website for people who have struggled with suicidal thoughts in the past as well as those who have survived a suicide attempt.

Comments

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  • fred

    fred fred

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    I’m going to kill myself on my b day Mar 7 I have fell in love with someone and lost someone who I once love .I’m going to get everything in order by then um just tried I can’t get a brake I’m living in my truck I have started drinking more and more u just can’t live with it

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    • You Matter

      Fred, Thank you for reaching out to us however we do not provide any kind of crisis intervention or suicide prevention services on our You Matter Blog. The Lifeline is here for you any time day or night at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Don’t hesitate to call us. Your life matters!

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    • Susan

      Susan Susan

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      Fred don’t take your life. please call the help line
      Life will get better. Lean on God He created you for a purpose

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  • Susan

    Susan Susan

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    Fred don’t do it please call the help line
    Life will get better. Lean on God He created you for a purpose

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  • Alana

    Alana Alana

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    Wel… i have been being cyber bullied on a game called msp… people tease me at school and i feel like i want to kill myself… i am 10 years old and i don’t know what to do can someone help me? 🙁 i sometimes cut and i want to stop :/

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    • Tayana

      Tayana Tayana

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      It will get better i hope. I get bullied on msp and other types of medias all the time at times i have tried to kill myself because it got that bad. My reason to live is because my friend had lost another friend and i couldnt stand watching her cry so i stayed and helped her with her pain and everytime i wanted to kill myself i just cut. Please stay alive for me and the world

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      • You Matter

        Hello, Thank you for reaching out.No matter how hard things are- hurting yourself is never the answer. If you are feeling hopeless don’t hesitate to call The Lifeline. Our crisis counselors are here for you any time day or night, every day of the year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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  • Alana

    Alana Alana

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    Wel… i have been being cyber bullied on a game called msp… people tease me at school and i feel like i want to commit suicide </3 please help, i also cut alot!! i don't know what to do, i'm 10 years old

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  • Alana

    Alana Alana

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    i’m also scared to call a help line cause what if i hurt my fam by doing it? :O

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    • You Matter

      Alana, We know that reaching out can be scary- please take the first step in getting help by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is here for you 24/7/365.

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  • Nao

    Nao Nao

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    My friends hate me, I know they talk behind my back. I’m not loved by anyone, even my parents. They never hugged me nor said they love me. Outside, I am the happiest person anyone can guess. I go crazy, and I laugh a lot. But I hate myself because that’s not me. I just hate myself. I don’t know why I exist. I desperately want to commit suicide, but I don’t have the courage to. And I hate myself for that too, because I know I shouldn’t even exist. Please help me. I don’t want to die, I just want to end this pain.

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    • You Matter

      Nao, we can never know how much others love us. Sometimes, it is hard for people to show how much they care. Your life matters! We don’t provide crisis intervention or suicide prevention services on our blog, but we are here for you to talk to any time of day or night. Call us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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  • Fay

    Fay Fay

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    I’ve been having issues with my family and friends lately and it seems to be getting worse I’m trying my hardest to stay positive about it but it’s hard. I self harm too and trying to stop for my boyfriend. It’s not working very well though

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    • You Matter

      It sounds like you are having a tough time coping. We are always here for you at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call us 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is nothing worth hurting yourself!

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  • Muawiya

    Muawiya Muawiya

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    I want to commit suicide because of depression… I cant call because im not American. Please help me !!!

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    • You Matter

      I am sorry to hear you are going through so much right now, but your life does matter – don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you are outside of the United States please visit http://www.iasp.info to find out about service providers in your country.

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  • Devorah

    Devorah Devorah

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    I go back and forth between “why am I existing? ” to “maybe I have things to do here”. I’m afraid of landing on why… I’ve had major depressive episodes, most are situational. I’ve been medically hospitalized twice, both almost one week stays, within the last 8 moths, I’m on TTD because of injury at work, and live in a small religious community (that is a part of a very large city) where it feels like I’m being judged every time I step out of my house. I’m on edge.

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    • You Matter

      If you are feeling hopeless don’t hesitate to call The Lifeline. Our crisis counselors are here for you any time day or night, every day of the year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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    • Ally

      Ally Ally

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      hi, my name Ally, and Im 17. my older brother did it 2 years ago with a gun. he was my best friend in the world, and the only one i could really talk to. lately, im thinking about joining him…and its weird, but sometimes it even feels like hes calling me. i would go tmrw, except for one thing, it would kill both my parents too, since i am all they have left. my granpa is dying of prostate cancer. i go to visit him all the time, and we have talked about this, a little. he wants to end things early, to stop all the pain hes in, but i think he is staying longer for me. he told me about this book called ‘the trees, or three trees or something’ i havent been about to find it, but he said it would help give me strength. and i read alot, so i was going to try to read something about this subject too. any ideas about good books? -ally

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      • You Matter

        We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your bother. Please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and our crisis counselors should be able to direct you to support services in your area.

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  • Zevo

    Zevo Zevo

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    My parents blame everything on me and my brother gets all the glory. Everyone I have ever knew has told me to go F yourself for no reason at all, or just a joke. People just think I can take on all of this. I can’t reach for my family because they are the ones causing this. I have no purpose but to be a pillow people can treat like trash. I’m going to kill myself people will be happier with me dead. Or now they will learn, but it is to late.

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    • Zevo

      Zevo Zevo

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      My real name is Blake I use Zevo as a screen name so just call me Blake or Zevo

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    • You Matter

      Blake,
      Thank you for writing to us and I am sorry to hear you are in so much emotional pain right now. No matter what problems you are struggling with, hurting yourself isn’t the answer, your life does matter. In order to talk to a Crisis Counselor, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The call is free and confidential; we’re here for you 24/7/365.

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  • Ann

    Ann Ann

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    This game called MSP keeps sending me this link and im just dealing with too much. I self harm, have anxiety, depression, and can’t even sleep at night. I have to go to this damn support group soon and a post traumatic therapist. My mom and dad always say I come up with excuses and that they dont care about what im going through. All of my friends have depression and they bring their problems to me and im basically a pillow for them to cry on. Whenever I tell my closest friend that I cut she ends up hitting me really hard, like that’ll do anything. I can’t call the lifeline because I dont have a phone and im not allowed, and it would be really awkward trying to call off of the home phone because I dont want my parents to know. My grades are severely low and they yell at me about that even though im trying incredibly hard, its impossible to satisfy anyone in my life. Ive tried to commit suicide at least 4 times and just, everything is a fucking mess.

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    • You Matter

      Ann, Thank you for reaching out to us however we do not provide any kind of crisis intervention or suicide prevention services on our blog. The Lifeline is here for you any time day or night at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Don’t hesitate to call us. Your life matters!

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  • Abby

    Abby Abby

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    I have been thinking about Suicide and I almost did it last night. I was just stupid and didn’t. I have been faking being happy and talking and it just takes so much energy to do it. I just feel like I don’t have a future and that things are meant to go on with out me and that I’m supposed to be dead.

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    • You Matter

      It sounds like you’re going through a lot right now – remember, the Lifeline is here for you any time day or night, every day of the year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Don’t hesitate to call us, your life matters!

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  • troubled child

    All my life I was an outcast and after loosing my mom everything went downhill. There is not a day that I don’t think about killing myself. Life is not worth living. I can’t keep going on like this. Everything needs to end. NNNNNNOOOOOWWWW……….

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    • You Matter

      No matter what you are going through hurting yourself is never the answer. The Lifeline is here for anyone struggling with difficult emotions. You do not need to be thinking about suicide to call us. The call is free and confidential, so don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters. We are very sorry for your loss, please allow us to help you, give us a call

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  • York Y backstroker

    I am 11 years old and so far my life has been terrible. I have cut myself many times so far in the last week. My mum and grandfather abuse me a lot, but now my grandfather is gone on a trip. My mum calls me names and slaps me in public places because I’m being ’embarrassing’. When I am at home things are worse like punching and slapping my face. Once after my mum had beaten my face, my lips and eyes were swollen. The next day my very close friend asked me why do I have this bruise on my face. I had to make up some stupid excuse so I wouldn’t get I trouble with my school. This year I had a chance to have a boyfriend. We were very close and we tell each other everything. One night I decided to tell him I’m suicidal after my grandfather had hit me in the face repeatedly and been emotionally/mentally abused. He understood and I didn’t have to hide myself. After awhile I was in my room texting him how I felt and I felt better right away after talking about it. This week I have been depressed with abuse. My mum told me to ask people if they would take me in before she found someone. I asked my boyfriend if he would be ok if I stayed at his place. He said it was fine and talked to his mum about it. She seemed very nice and had tried to help me. I have trust issues and I don’t trust many people. The next day I talked to her again. She understood and I trusted her. Later today after my swim team practice I had received a message to not talk to my boyfriend from his mum. I texted my boyfriend to see what was happening, he said that she thinks that i’m manipulating him. He also told me that she doesn’t believe that i am actually cutting myself and I just want attention. I finally had enough courage to send a picture of my cut arm. His mum said I was to never see or talk to him again and get mental attention. I am now really depressed and I now really want to end my life for good.

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    • You Matter

      York, I am sorry to hear you are going through so much right now, but your life does matter – don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you are outside of the United States please visit http://www.iasp.info to find out about service providers in your country.

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  • Kat.

    Kat. Kat.

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    I am 13. Suicidal and depressed. I cant call the help line. I dont want my parents to see that i called. I need help. I have a therapist. She says i do it for attention. I dont. I was raped when i was seven.

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    • You Matter

      Calling can be scary for most people but reaching out for help is the most important thing you can do for yourself. We believe in your strength. If you send us an inbox message and I can let you know about other (non-phone based) crisis intervention services. The Lifeline is here for you any time day or night at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters!

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  • V

    V V

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    There’s a kid who lives in Bangladesh that I’ve been talking to on Tumblr; they like to be called Zander. They’ve set a time 2 weeks from now. I want to help them so badly, but I can’t do much from over 4,000 miles away. They’re being abused and they have DID among many other disorders. They have a therapist and said they’ve called crisis lines and the police before, but nothing’s been done.

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    • You Matter

      I am sorry to hear that your friend e going through so much right now, but his life does matter – don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you need more information. outside of the United States please visit http://www.iasp.info to find out about service providers in his country.

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  • David b

    David b David b

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    I need help I’m 13 and have been thinking about killing myself for 3 years

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    • You Matter

      Thank you for reaching out for help when you need it. This page is not intended for crisis intervention. We have crisis counselors that are available to talk on the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters and we want to help.

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      • You Matter

        The Lifeline does offer chat based services accessible on our main website http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org These services are available 24/7. If you have trouble connecting with a chat counselor (the queues can be long) don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters!

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  • juice

    juice juice

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    you guys should make a texting option

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  • Dennis O’Shea

    Somebody talk to me please

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    • You Matter

      Dennis, Thank you for reaching out to us – please keep in mind our blog is not intended for crisis intervention or support services. However, the Lifeline counselors are here for you any time day or night at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They should be able to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

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  • Olivia

    Olivia Olivia

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    I have no purpose in life. Everyone hates me. I have no friends. I am bullied, called really horrible names, and abused at school. I really want to commit suicide. Last year in 6 grade after school people randomly gathered around me and said,” Knock her down already!” So they did and left me in a ditch. I have no one. I am alone. I need someone. I have msp to anonymously communicate people. They make me feel worse. I cut and cry everytime I get home. I am 13 and want to Commit Suicide.

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    • You Matter

      Thank you Olivia for writing to us and I am sorry to hear you are in so much emotional pain right now. Our page is not meant for any type of crisis intervention however the Lifeline crisis counselors are here for you any time day or night, every day of the year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). We care Olivia, please call dear.

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  • Gloria

    Gloria Gloria

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    i don’t think of suicide as a solution to problems, but a way of making the pain go away. i’m 16, and was often beat and screamed at for small stuff like walking past my mom in the hallway with what seemed to her an arrogant walk. i tried to swallow my fears once and speak up about what was happening when it became too much to handle, but i backed down and decided to be portrayed as a liar because i felt so guilty for betraying my parents, who do work hard and are serious strict people. that was in January, and they haven’t put a finger on me until recently, and all the memories have come back to haunt me. and two weeks ago i was raped at school, and they alternate between helping me, and shaming me for it. i know that deserve it, but it feels wrong and unfair. i don’t know whats wrong with me. i know i should feel worse than i’m used to, but i…can’t. its like i think of my life and feel nauseous for a moment, and then i look for anything to distract myself from the feelings that are crushing me inside. mostly, i don’t think anyone can help me. i’m too afraid to go through it a second time. but if anyone has feasible advice, please help.

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    • You Matter

      Hello Gloria,

      It’s great that you are reaching out and talking about your feelings and we would love to help! Facebook really isn’t the best platform to help with crisis intervention- If you are struggling with some tough emotions or feeling lonely please take the first step in getting help by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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