In light of recent news of the iconic 90s fashion designer Kate Spade’s passing, it’s time to open up the floor to discuss suicide. It doesn’t matter what your age, background, socio-economic status, or race is. Suicidal thoughts and ideations can impact people from all walks of life and backgrounds. Even the wealthiest among us are still susceptible to suicidal thoughts, unfortunately. Suicidal thoughts can include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even eating disorders. All of which are temporary and can be managed and fixed. The first thing to remember is that you’re not alone and help is always just phone call, a text message, or a click away. If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide or suicidal ideations here’s what you need to remember.
1. This Crisis is Temporary– Suicide is Not
Understand that whatever crisis you’re going through is temporary. Suicide is a permanent solution. Even though, at times, it may feel like this feeling will never end, know that it will. It’s so easy to get caught up in whatever crisis is happening at the moment and fail to see the better days ahead. But good things do happen and they will. Unexpected, positive events will occur, the tides will change, and you will feel better. Better days are ahead.
2. Not Everything Is as It Seems
With social media, it’s hard to not envy other people and their lives. You’ve got friends jetting off to foreign islands, classmates getting promotions and raises, and professional travelers and hobbyists. Everyone seems to have it all together except for you, right? Wrong. Everyone experiences bad days, hard times, and gets the blues. Social media is so highly curated and you rarely, if ever, get to see the hard days people have. Just because it seems like someone has it all, doesn’t mean they feel good. They’re human just like you are.
3. There are Reasons to Live
It might not seem like it in the pit of it but there are a million and one reasons to live. If you’re struggling to find a reason, make a list. Even though it may not seem like it, for whatever reason, your friends, family, co-workers, will all miss you. You have no idea the actual depth and impact you have on people’s lives. How you’ve touched so many people and didn’t even know it. Making a list of things that make you feel good or that you would miss if you were gone will help you remember why you need to keep going.
Suicide is never the answer. If you’re experiencing suicidal ideations or thoughts please call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, issues with substance abuse or issues with food, please give us a call. Our counselors can help you manage your symptoms and get control of your life again. You don’t have to be alone with your heavy thoughts. We can help.