This blog post is part of the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month blog tour in partnership with Debt Drop. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.
I've never had thoughts of suicide.
I've had brief moments of depression, a feeling of emptiness of purpose, but never anywhere near thoughts of suicide. I've found that the most helpful thing to do is to talk to someone, anyone, and put those thoughts out of my head and into the world.
It reminds me of one of my favorite shows, The West Wing, and one of my favorite scenes is embedded below. It's from the episode titled Noël (Season 2, Episode 10).
Josh has just experienced the trauma of a terrorist shooting in which he is shot and experiencing post traumatic stress disorder. He had an episode in his apartment and was asked to speak to a psychiatrist. He's just come back from talking to the psychiatrist and Leo is checking in on him.
If you can't watch, here's the story from Leo:
This guy's walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can't get out.
A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey you, can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up “Father, I'm down in this hole, can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it's me, can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole.
Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we're both down here.”
The friend says, “Yeah, but I've been down here before, and I know the way out.”
If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK and/or visit http://www.Suicide.org.
There are many folks who have been where you are and they can help. They've been in the hole and they know the way out. Give them a call.