Suicide is not a pleasant topic to talk about. But we need to talk about this too.
Too many people struggle in silence, while we have many people on the other side, who judge the first ones because they don’t know enough about it.
I know I won’t change the world, but I might help one person through this post and blog. Or two. And that’s good enough for me.
My own myths busted
– If you really wanted to die, you wouldn’t be here anymore
Many people can’t imagine how hard is actually to kill yourself. I’m a survivor of one suicide attempt, which somehow prevented me from killing myself in the future.
– Talking about suicide is just your way of seeking some attention
Attention, and help are two completely different things. (I’ve got myself covered, no need to worry 🙂 )
It’s really hard for me to talk about suicide. I don’t want anybody to feel uncomfortable about me sharing my darkest thoughts, while I simultaneously do need some help while dealing with them. It’s a constant battle between “Shuld I speak or should I stay quiet?”
For a person who lives with these thoughts since childhood, I’d say I waited quite a long time to start talking about it at the age of 36. I still tend to isolate myself when I reach my lowest points, but I’m working on it.
Please listen to people. Somebody else might be just looking for attention, but you can’t really know. If you can save a life by giving some of your time to this person, wouldn’t it be worth it?
– Because you’re impulsive, there is much greater risk to commit suicide
In my case, not really. My impulsivity is shown in many different ways. I’m also an overthinker and I can’t just die. Obviously, I struggle right in the opposite way.
– You must be completely insane for even thinking about this
My mind is very clear and calm when I’m seriously thinking to leave this world. When I’m not stable, I can’t even decide about should I live or should I die.
What about you, do you have any similar myths of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments below.