Many people may think about suicide as they struggle with questions about the purpose of life, or with depression or illness. If you are one of these people, or if a family member is talking about suicide, please get help right now. Your life on this earth is precious and vital, and resources are available to help you find better answers for your specific challenges.
This website does not offer specific medical advice, diagnosis, or referrals. However, we can direct you to public information resources such as the ones listed below. If you are experiencing a crisis, get immediate help through the resources listed, or call 911 if your situation is life-threatening. We also encourage you to find a personal physician or mental health therapist who can help you create a persona plan for your recovery and wellness.
Information, online chats, and telephone Help-Lines are free and available across the USA and in other countries. These are some of the resources available to everyone. Talk with someone now.
TO REPORT A LIFE-THREATENING CONDITION OR EMERGENCY: Dial 911
CALL A COUNSELOR
If you are a Veteran, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1
If you are LGBTQ, call 1-888-843-4564
If you are deaf, contact: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Find Hotlines in your State: www.suicidehotlines.com
Find Hotlines and Crisis Centers Worldwide: www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
En Español: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/en-espanol/
CHAT WITH A COUNSELOR ONLINE
www.imalive.org (click on ‘Chat Now’)
FIND RESOURCES that Make a Difference in Your Life
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT SUICIDE
National Institute of Mental Health Article June 11, 2018
CDC Article and Recent Statistics
CDC Suicide Factsheet (June 2018)
National Institutes of Health Suicide Prevention Info
National Institutes of Health Suicide Statistics Info
PERSPECTIVES FROM A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
People sometimes ask: if the Afterlife is so wonderful, why can’t we die sooner rather than later? What’s the point of continuing in this physical lifetime? Most people who have had an NDE have been granted a glimpse of the bigger picture and realize that they have a purpose in being here – to learn life lessons for soul growth. These lessons are rarely easy, but can be learned most deeply during this physical incarnation.
We have also heard from people who tried to commit suicide, and had an NDE in the process. They report that they were grateful to return to life on earth. During their NDEs, they could see how much they would be missed by others in their lives here, even if they did not realize it when they were depressed and suicidal. They could see that they had more to contribute, learn and do before they died.
We are all eternal souls, living for a time in this physical body. We are here to learn and grow, sometimes fail and usually recover. We are all loved unconditionally by God/Source, even if we do not always feel the love during certain times in our earthly life. However, we can connect with Source without having to die, or almost die. There are ways, through prayer and meditation, that can offer the same level of evidence and insight as a profound NDE. These are not a substitute for medical and mental health care, if you are in crisis. But they are valuable methods for daily renewal, peace and inspiration. To learn more, download a free meditation here.
It is sad for all of us when someone dies from suicide. Family members sometimes ask what happens to their soul? All souls are accepted into the realm of love, although they may need some time to adjust after their life review and after realizing they died before finishing their lessons during their time on earth. Depending on circumstances, the individual soul may need rest and spiritual counseling on the other side before moving on to join other souls. A soul may return through the process of reincarnation to address some of the same lessons not completed in this lifetime.
HOW TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE (Source: NIH Website)
If you know someone who is contemplating suicide, you can offer help.
These are the most common signs that someone is in emotional distress. If you are concerned, take the Action Steps listed below.
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
- Showing increased anger or rage or extreme mood swings
- Feeling like a burden or expressing hopelessness
- Being isolated
- Feeling increased anxiety
- Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Increased substance use
- Looking for a way to access lethal means (e.g., a firearm or pills)
- Sleeping too little or too much
Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
- Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts. More Information
- Keep them safe: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference. More Information
- Be there: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Findings suggest that acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
- Help them Connect: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there if you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
- Stay Connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies show that the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
Additional Stress Factors that can Increase the Fixation on Suicide
- Relationship problems
- A crisis that occurred in the past two weeks or that is expected in the next two weeks
- Substance use problems
- Physical health problems
- Job or financial problems
- Criminal or legal problems
- Loss of housing
Please seek help for yourself or a family member. You are worth it and you are loved!