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I'm Thinking of Suicide. How Can I Stop?

I'm thinking about suicide. With what is going on with my life, it seems to be the only choice I have. How can I stop?
Jake*

If you have been thinking about suicide, get help right away.

When things are so bad that suicide seems like the only choice, it's a sign that depression, discouragement, or despair are strong. Feelings like these can cloud our view of reality, especially when life gets hard. We might feel trapped and unable to see there are other choices.

Talk to someone you trust as soon as you can, preferably a parent or other caring, responsible adult in your family. If you can't talk to a parent or relative, talk to someone like a coach, school counselor, religious leader, or teacher. Start the conversation by saying, "I've been having a tough time lately, and I've been thinking about suicide. I need your help." Ask the person to help you find a counselor to speak with about your situation and your feelings.

If you need help finding someone to talk to right now, or if you are thinking about suicide, call a suicide crisis line (such as 1-800-SUICIDE) or a local suicide helpline. These toll-free lines are staffed by people who are trained to help you without ever knowing your name or seeing your face. The calls are confidential. If you feel you're in immediate danger of hurting yourself, you can also go to the emergency department at your local hospital.

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: August 2016

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