It's not always depression. Sometimes, it's revenge, rage, or just impulse. And all of these may or may not be driven by a diagnosable mental illness. However, in most cases, suicide is completed when there is a pre-existing mental condition. The common thread which weaves demeaning thought patterns is always a need to escape the problem. It is a persistent emotional battle.
If you are the one struggling with suicidal thoughts, or even just curious about it, I urge you to seek out someone who will walk with you through the struggle - a professional counselor who will know how to help you defeat the bully in the brain.
If you're a friend or family member of someone who is struggling, the best thing you can do is listen, be a strong and safe place for this person who you love. Encourage them to go to a mental health professional. Whether they are given the tools for victory or not, you will feel responsible for either outcome, even though you are not - this might be a painful experience for you.
If you're a coach, counselor, or other mental health worker, please only operate within your licensing and education speciality. If you are not qualified to help treat suicidal ideation, then direct your friend or loved one to someone who is! Again, you do not want to feel responsible for a negative result that may occur.
The TEDx Talk below is a presentation that focuses on ALL the victims of suicide. This will give perspective to what suicide truly is. Many times a simple chemical imbalance in the brain can lead to many years of pain, confusion, and finally deep sorrow for all who are connected to us.
Let's find the help we need and end any confusion in our minds. Please take 10 minutes and watch the following video!
Give the gifts of time & togetherness to friends and family. Don't commit suicide and let us all be more aware of those who are considering suicide and lead them to the help they need!
Thank you for reading and watching,