you are reading this page it is perhaps because you are having thoughts of ending your
life. Perhaps you have been thinking about it
for a while, and your plans are made, or perhaps you have not made any plans, but the
thought is there. Or maybe you have made a
plan and deep down are hoping that someone will hear your cry for help and intervene. Or maybe you are just tired and see no way of
the very act of living has become too difficult and painful
want it to end.
You are Not Alone.
Six years ago I was sitting in your chair. I have bipolar disorder. After two years of
long, severe depressions and far too short hypomanic periods, I
had reached the end of my endurance. I
decided I had had enough and made a conscious decision to end my life. I made my plans carefully
important the method I chose. When the time
came I put my plan in motion. My mindset was
one of total isolation
frozen in time
positive that this was the only way.
My reasoning was that it hurt too much to live, and I was a burden to family and friends
(didn't bother to ask them if that were true)
Since I am here telling you about it, it is obvious my
but not before it caused severe anguish to my family, and considerable
physical damage to me. Somehow when we
contemplate suicide we never entertain the thought that it might not be
and that it might leave residual damage.
Today I need to use oxygen as a result of my failed attempt. But you know what?
I thank God every day that Im alive. It
took a long while, but I got well, and I have gone on to help other people with this
illness know that they can also be well and live up to their potential. We cannot give up.
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary
problem. Trust me
this is true.
I learned a
few things from my experience that I would like to share with you
if you will take
just a few minutes to listen - I'm sure you can afford a few minutes ...
First of all, this is not something you can handle
on your own. You need to talk! Talk to your doctor. Talk to your counselor. Talk to your family, and talk to your friends. They need to know how badly you are feeling before
they can help. Vocalize your cry for help
instead of internalizing it. If that
doesnt work you can always go back to Plan A right?
If you are in imminent danger of harming yourself RUN,
to the closest emergency room and tell them how you are feeling. Call your doctor, call
call an ambulance or the local police. Get
Yourself to a place of safety and protect yourself.
If you need to have someone with you, dont be
afraid to say so
Give up your weapon of choice be it
drugs or whatever. Give it to someone else
for disposal or safekeeping.
i know you aren't going to want to do this - one of
the things we do when suicidal is to do all we can to keep our options open. Giving
these up is a first step to living.
A simple record of the people in your life and why they are important can remind
you why your own life is worth continuing,
Avoid drugs and alcohol because they may make it
harder for you to resist destructive urges.
Make a plan for LIFE! The
Depressive and Manic Depressive Assn
Go Now to: http://www.metanoia.org/suicide
Find others with the same illness who understand and
have been through the same things you are going through.
You may find them at your local mental health association or here on the
internet. Bipolar World http://www.bipolarworld.net/Community/community.htm
areas of support, as do many other web sites on the net.
Browse through the pages at http://www.1000deaths.com
View the information at SAVE http://www.save.org
PREVENT SUICIDE NOW.COM --
Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support -- Prevent Suicide Now.com --
Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support
Just as we can make a choice to die - we CAN make a choice to
MAKE YOUR CHOICE TO LIVE NOW!