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When Life Gets So Hard You Do Not Want to Live

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When life is hard, some people think about suicide.

  • Suicide means ending your own life.
  • Suicide means that you choose to die.
  • Suicide means there is no tomorrow.

There are ways to make your life happier and better.

  • If you are thinking about suicide, tell someone right away– a friend, family member, someone who works with you, or a doctor.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
    • Someone will listen to you and suggest where you can find help.
    • The number is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).

Sometimes life gets hard when:

  • You’re sick or in the hospital for a long time.
  • Someone you like moves away or dies.
  • Part of your body doesn’t work right.
  • You feel like people are always telling you what to do.
  • You forget to take medicine or it doesn’t work anymore.
  • You drink too much alcohol or take too many drugs.

Sometimes life gets hard when:

  • Something really bad happens and you think about it everyday.
  • You get hurt or abused by someone.
  • It is hard to get other people to understand you.
  • You’re very lonely, sad, or worried about things.

When people think about suicide, they might:

  • Say things like:
    • “I wish I were dead.”
    • “Life is not worth living.”
    • “My family would be happier without me.”
  • Talk about death a lot.
  • Watch TV shows or listen to music about death.
  • Play games about death.
  • Think about ways to hurt themselves.
  • Do things to hurt themselves.

Some people who think about suicide do not talk about it.

  • They might:
    • Start to stay away from their friends and family.
    • Not go to work.
    • Stop doing things they used to like.
    • Be mad all of the time.
    • Be very grumpy all of the time.
    • Do things that are dangerous.

If this sounds like you or someone you know:

  • Tell someone how you’re feeling right away.
  • Tell a support person that someone you know is in danger!

If you think about hurting yourself:

  • There are lots of people who can help you, including
    • A mental health telephone help line.
    • A doctor, therapist or social worker.
    • Your support person.
    • A friend or family member.
  • Make a list of people you can call for help.
  • You can make your list and print it out.

How can you keep from thinking about hurting yourself?

  • Talk to people on your list any time you feel sad or upset. Especially talk to:
    • Family members.
    • Friends.
    • People who work with you.
    • Doctors.

How can you keep from thinking about hurting yourself?

  • Work with a counselor or therapist to figure out:
    • What things make you think about hurting yourself?
    • How you can stay away from those things?
    • What will make your life better?
    • How you can make changes in your life?
  • Learn more about counseling and therapy.

If someone tells you they are thinking about hurting themselves:

  • Tell someone else right away or call 911.
  • You may save the person’s life!

Learn more about preventing suicide:

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Last updated on Fri, 05/21/2010 - 15:06