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How Can You Stop a Suicide?

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. The first step toward stopping this devastating and preventable public health problem involves taking the topic out of the closet and facing it head on. Read More

Alarming rate for Suicide

There is an alarming rate for people that have attempted suicide or thought about suicide. The warning signs seem so simple in that some people may comment that their situation is hopless only because they want to give up not necessarily kill themselves. The simplicity of these warning signs will often be missed by someone because they will not take the person seriously. No warning sign should go unnoticed or discussed. These signs are real and more education and training will help those in need of someone to talk to and get the proper treatment.

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I really like the consideration and care that this article offers to the reader. I feel like people that are really depressed and think that the only way out is through suicide feel that they are truly alone in the world, and that no one cares about them. Even if its not the case, they make it the case in their minds. I can totally imagine not feeling loved by anyone. I bet it could definitely make even the strongest people feel weak. I personally also think that everyone should take every opportunity they get to become stronger mentally so that they never have to be in a position like this. Everyone should (in the ideal world) have it in them to be able to recognize where they are going wrong and fix the problem. I believe that change that comes from within is the best kind of change.
I used to be a victim of depression until I changed my view on life. Until i realized that no one could help me more than I could help myself. My empathy goes out to all of you who are feeling hopeless right now. But don't worry, there is a way out. You can help yourself out of the trouble that you are feeling. I promise you can, but it will take work. It is not hard, it will just take work. Everyday you will have to wake up and push yourself to smiling even though you don't want to. everyday you will have to do the things you don't want to do, and soon you will find that you get such pleasure from facing your fears. every sign of adversity will be an opportunity for you to overcome and grow. you will become so strong mentally.

If you need support, reddit has an active community that is willingly to listen to you and support you along your way. here is the link to that:

and two articles that really helped me open my eyes are:

Best of luck to you on your journey. seek help if you need it. listen to your thoughts objectively. find the root of your problems. find the root and cure the root and watch your life flower into a happy, wholesome, enjoyable experience. good luck guys. God Bless.

How do I stop feeling this way and reduce my stress?

I take medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder Non-Specific, and Depression. I also have Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and according to my Psychiatrist the only form of treatment for it is through therapy, yet I have no idea of any place where I can go to receive this treatment. I have so much hope for my future, yet I still think about suicide every day and how much easier it would be to just end my suffering both physically and psychologically! How can I stop myself from having these thoughts on a daily basis? What can I do to ease the stress that the Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder adds to my daily routine?

Re: How do I stop feeling this way and reduce my stress?

There are definitely good resources out there for you. One thing I would recommend is the book "Brain Lock" by Jeffrey Schwartz. Another thing that would help would be mindfulness meditation. There is a great app for this called the HEADSPACE Meditation App and they offer your first ten days for free. The UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Resource Center(MARC) is also a great tool. They offer a six week program that can be done online.
I am concerned about the suicidal feelings you expressed. Reaching out, as you did, is an important first step. If you feel that you need assistance, the trained counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The call is free and confidential. To learn more about the Lifeline, visit The Suicide Prevention Resource Center ( is also available, as well as the resources on You can find suicide prevention resources there, as well as links to upcoming webinars on Suicide Prevention. I hope that you remain safe and continue to reach out. Please do not do anything to hurt yourself.

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Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, author, and the Director of Research and Education for the Glendon Association.


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