Everyone at some point in their life goes through difficult and trying times. Feeling overwhelmed, lonely, and hopeless are emotions that we all experience. During dark and distressing times, many will have the thought, “It would be so much easier if I just wasn’t around anymore.” Some may even begin to think of ways to end their life. Suicide, however, isn’t so much about wanting to die, but rather wanting to escape something, whether that be a toxic relationship, financial burden, stress, trauma, getting bullied, or a difficult situation. It’s important to recognize that there is more than one exit out.
Finding Your Exit
Death is final. There is no taking it back and it will impact more people that one truly realizes. Although in our darkest moments, it seems virtually impossible to find a solution or imagine that things will get better, remember that you always have a choice. Sometimes, our perspectives are so hindered by our plight, we need another set of fresh eyes to help us see other options or other exits out of our dark abyss.
Reaching out and asking for help can be intimidating and uncomfortable. Talk to someone you trust and cares about you, someone who you truly believe will keep safe your most vulnerable feelings. You might be surprised how relieving it can be to leave the bricks of our sorrows at the feet of another. Allowing someone to help us carry our burdens can lift you up and give you the strength to trudge through your journey.
Someone always cares, your life matters to someone. Even if there is no one you can imagine at this very moment, think about people from your past or think about the potential relationships you might have in the future. Everyone has something to offer and everyone has worth.
Seek Professional Help
It is always a responsible and healthy choice to seek professional help from a mental health counselor. Engaging in consistent therapy with a professional can be helpful and lifesaving. Your sessions are legally confidential. If worried about the cost of therapy, check with your health insurance provider. Many health insurances provide mental health benefits and some therapists bill on a sliding scale to accommodate most financial situations. There may also be free therapy resources available through local universities or non-profit agencies.