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Suicide: Not a Good Idea

Experiencing psychiatric symptoms is horrible. Many people who try and live with these symptoms every day sometimes feel so discouraged they want to end their lives. Suicide is never a good idea. Why not?

1. Psychiatric symptoms get better. Sometimes they get better even if you don't do anything about them. But there are many things you can do to help relieve these symptoms. To feel a little better right now, try the following:

Experiencing psychiatric symptoms is horrible. Sometimes you may feel so discouraged you want to end your life. Suicide is never a good idea.Tell someone how you feel--someone you like and trust. Talk to them until you feel better. Then listen to them while they tell you what is going on in their life.

Do something you really enjoy--something you love to do--like go for a walk, read a good book, play with your pet, draw a picture or sing a song

Get some exercise--any kind of movement will help you feel better. It doesn't have to be strenuous.

Eat something healthy like a salad, some fruit, a tuna fish sandwich or a baked potato.

Develop and use a symptom monitoring and response plan (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) to help yourself get well and stay well.

2. When you feel better, you will have many wonderful experiences--warm spring days, snowy winter days, laughs with friends, playing with children, good movies, tasty food, great music, seeing, hearing, feeling. You will miss all these things, and many more, if you are not alive.

3. Your family members and friends will be devastated if you end your life. They will never get over it. They will think about it and miss you every day for the rest of their lives. If you have a box of family photographs, choose some photos of the people you love and display them around your house to remind yourself that you never want to hurt these people.

When symptoms are very severe, you may have a hard time making good decisions for yourself. To make it difficult to make a bad decision, like ending your life, make suicide hard for yourself by taking these preventive actions.

Get rid of all the old pills and any firearms you might have around your house.

Give away your car keys, credit cards and check books when you start to feel experience symptoms--before they get worse.

There are good people who can help you through these hard times. It may be your family members or friends. Set up a system with them so they will stay with you around the clock when your symptoms are severe. If you don't have family members or friends who could do this, call your local mental health emergency services and ask them what to do.

The National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE provides access to trained telephone counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or for a crisis center in your area, go here.

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APA Reference
Writer, H. (2008, December 10). Suicide: Not a Good Idea, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/depression/articles/suicide-not-a-good-idea

Last Updated: June 20, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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