Mental Health Daily’s Mental Health Blog gathered 10 powerful quotes and sayings aimed at suicide prevention. Since we are nearing the end of Mental Health Awareness month (May), I thought I’d share these quotes and sayings with you. The above-mentioned blog post provides some helpful comments after each quote. Consider visiting it. I thought they were very helpful, and were a quick read.
- “When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long.” – Unknown
- “Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better.” – Unknown
- “If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.” – Unknown
- “Anyone desperate enough for suicide should be desperate enough to go to creative extremes to solve problems: elope at midnight, stow away on the boat to New Zealand and start over, do what they always wanted to do but were afraid to try.” – Richard Bach
- “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
- “If you want to show me that you really love me, don’t say that you would die for me, instead stay alive for me.” – Unknown
- “Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.” – Unknown
- “The person who completes suicide, dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and understand … Why?” – Clark (2001)
- “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
- “Never never never give up.” – Winston Churchill
In my family alone, I know of two people who have contemplated and/or attempted suicide. One of which is me. The two of us are just the ones I know about. Often people struggle with suicidal thoughts that go unshared. I am so glad that we have both survived these horrible times in our life. I also know that it is possible that such thoughts could return someday. Depression can turn what was logical thinking into illogical thinking. The quotes and sayings above are important for me to remember. Being open about my thoughts with my loved one and/or mental health support team is most crucial.
If you feel suicidal, please tell someone close to you, go to your local Emergency Room or call the Emergency phone number in your country (e.g. 911 in the U.S.) Alternatively, most countries have Suicide Hotlines to call. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the U.S. can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).