Suicidal Abyss

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Not Seeing Past The Darkness

Many people have different intentions when it comes to suicide. Not everyone who you think might be suicidal is, and not everyone who you think is not suicidal isn’t. Sometimes the topic of suicide lies in a gray zone, like a chronic patient with schizophrenia telling his psychiatrist that he is experiencing auditory hallucinations of voices telling him to kill himself.

There are many terms for suicide such as active/passive suicidal ideation, suicidal behavior, other suicidal behaviors, self-harm and suicidal self-directed injury. A person can fall into any one of these categories. Sometimes they don’t even know themselves in which category they fall into.

The reason that there are numerous terms on the topic of suicide is because it’s not always clear-cut which category a person falls into. It’s very important to be able to discern which category a person falls into, in order to help them by preventing injuries or even the loss of life.

Here are some examples of the terms listed above:

  • Active suicidal ideation: the person has a series of steps or plan in his or her mind in regards to ending their life (i.e.: “I’m going to jump in front of this incoming bus”)
  • Passive suicidal ideation: the person wishes that he or she were dead, but has no active plan in mind (i.e.: “wish this bus would swerve off the road and hit me on the sidewalk”)
  • Suicidal behavior: the person demonstrates actions which are intended to end his or her life (i.e.: swallowing a bottle of pills, standing on a bridge ready to jump, heavily drinking and downing some pills in a bathtub)
  • Self-harm: the person performs an action that is intended to cause harm in some way (i.e.: cutting one’s skin, burning oneself with cigarettes, self-induced bruising)
  • Suicidal self-directed injury: the person purposely injures him or herself (i.e.: breaking one’s bones, pulling out one’s hair, poking objects through body openings)
  • Other suicidal behaviors: the person demonstrates actions which are intended to cause harm or death (i.e.: stops eating and drinking altogether, consumes heavy drugs with the hope of overdosing)

The suicidal abyss can reach great levels of depth, not always necessarily causing death to the victim. This bottomless pit cause have people suffering from a mental illness for years at a time, causing nothing more than darkness and pain in their immediate surroundings. Can you imagine how it must feel to not see past the darkness?

If you know a friend, acquaintance or family member who you suspect is suffering from a mental illness or suicidal ideation, make sure to either gently approach them and carefully listen to what they have to say, or get help right away by contacting emergency services. It all depends on their severity. But never assume that “they must be alright.”

No one is ever ” all right” when it comes to a mental illness or suicide.

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I Want To Cry And Die

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Life Is Too Precious To Kill Myself

Whenever you’re feeling down in the dumps, remind yourself of everything that you have to be thankful for! Also remind yourself that you are not the only one feeling down and low. The whole world feels like that from time to time. You’re not any different because you’re feeling depressed and want to cry and die! Remember that there is always someone else in a worse position than you are in right now!

We all cry and want to die from time to time; it’s called being human! No person goes through this life without experiencing thoughts of ending their existence. But the difference is when the thoughts go away or linger and start to take over your belief system. When suicidal thoughts begin to influence you too much, then it’s time to seek immediate help.

Sadness is inherent in almost every situation in this world. You can be having the best time of your life and suddenly be confronted with the most terrible news, changing your entire perspective on life within a few minutes. You cannot outrun sadness; it’s part of the emotional experience which humans have to go through.

But let’s face it, life is too precious to kill yourself! There are so many loving and supportive people out there who care for us and want to see us succeed. There are so many loving animals out there who love us unconditionally and make us want to squeeze them like a comfy pillow!

Life provides us with so many exciting situations, making us feel ecstatic and on cloud nine at times. When surfing on cloud nine, we forget about our depression and love life more than ever before. That’s what you should be aiming for every day! Seek those happy feelings and if you find them, share them with those around you.

Happiness is contagious; it spreads faster than the destructive wildfire known as sadness. But the difference is that sadness is very destructive once it gets going. The key is to put out this fire before it gets a chance to breath. Don’t let this fire take away your last breath!

Your last breath in life should be when it’s time for you to go naturally, in a state of peace and happiness. Your last breath is when God says so.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Mild Suicidal Ideation

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How To Stop Suicidal Intrusive Thoughts

Gun violence. Psychotic breaks. Heroin injections. Hatred fueled by racism. Political clashing. Domestic and international terrorism. Suicides. The list goes on. It is no secret that we are living in times of great stress. Constantly being bombarded by negativity brings up the concept of epigenetics: the modification of genes resulting in some turning on or off.

Think of it like this: stress and negativity result in genetic modifications which result in mental illness. Add to this picture alcohol and drugs and you have a society suffering from addiction, depression, psychosis and suicides. And mental illness almost never presents alone; suicidal ideation is a frequent flyer.

Whether you are suffering from anxiety, depression, OCD, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder or compulsive buying, mild suicidal ideation will present itself at one point in time, whether you admit it or not. This is because the human mind is not naturally trained to deal with mental illness.

Suicidal ideation becomes a dysfunctional defense mechanism of the mind to put an end to the suffering caused by mental illness. However, suicidal ideation may also become part of a mental illness, becoming stronger and more powerful as each day goes by.

For instance, a teenager going through puberty and peer pressure at school may have passive suicidal ideation, but not strong enough to act upon it. But if that same teenager now becomes depressed, the suicidal ideation now becomes persistent and more potent, to the point of progressing to a suicidal attempt.

The key to stopping suicidal thoughts is to break the chain before it has a chance to expand; cut it loose before it self-replicates. If you find yourself having suicidal thoughts, take a deep breath and distract yourself by immediately thinking of something positive in your life. Looking at the positive things in your life allows you to shift your focus away from the virus known as suicidal ideation.

And lastly, never give up! Be honest with yourself and seek help if you continue to struggle with suicidal ideation. There is no shame to being prescribed antidepressants such as Prozac, Lexapro or Wellbutrin or undergoing psychotherapy. Your life is precious so take care of it!

We are all in this together.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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Opening The Blinds To Suicide

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Ending The Stigma Of Suicide

Suicide rates are continuing to increase for adolescents and young adults. Between 1994-2014, the rate has increased 24%. Because of the stigma, suicide rates may be underreported, resulting in a higher number than is currently estimated.

The highest suicide rates are in white males above the age of 65. It is believed that this age group suffers from issues such as life satisfaction v.s. despair on not having lived a productive and fulfilling life. The elderly also suffer from depression, loneliness, medical conditions, neglect and abuse!

On the other hand, adolescents are committing suicide because of multiple factors: drug and alcohol abuse, strict parenting that results in too much pressure at school, bullying and peer pressure.

Adolescents are a particular vulnerable group because their frontal lobe has not finished developing; the frontal lobe is responsible for judgement and decision-making, hence why adolescents tend to get into trouble.

They also start identifying less with their parents and more with their peers; this is the time for them to mold their personality and fit into a group of young people that share similar interests.

It is important for parents not to lose touch with their teenagers once they enter this time of their life; allowing them to swim too far off shore may cause them to never return.

We need to become open about how we feel inside. We need to become open about suicidal thoughts and feelings. The stigma of mental health is decreasing but not fast enough to keep up with the increasing death rates and mental complications.

We need to come together and be honest with each other. There is nothing to be embarrassed about; sharing may save someone’s life.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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