Some time ago, I did keyword research for a project on suicide prevention. One of the things that shocked me the most was how often people search for terms relating to suicide. Phrases like: “Would Everyone Be Happier Without Me?” or “I Feel Suicidal,” and even “How to Commit Suicide,” receive between one thousand and ten thousand monthly searches.
One thousand is too many.
One is too many.
If you are feeling suicidal, I want you to know that you are NOT a burden. You are wanted, and you are needed. You may not feel that way, but I promise you that there are people who love you and want you to stay alive.
I recently interviewed author and speaker, Ganel-Lyn Condie. During the interview, she spoke about her sister’s suicide and said this:
“I lost my forty year-old sister, three years ago, to suicide. And I'm here to say, hands down, that her not being here has created the greatest grief and loss that I had ever experienced in my life and that today if I could have her here, sitting here, with all of her flaws, and all of her broken parts, I would have her.”
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If you — or someone you know — need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.