The Rescued Lamb

26 people want to die!

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Did you know that the current rate of suicide is one every 40 seconds? Every 40 seconds, one person gives up on life. Every 40 seconds, one person figures the pain they feel is way beyond all the beauty of life. Every 40 seconds, one person decides tomorrow does not need them. Every 40 seconds, one person feels hopeless enough to take their life.

It doesn’t stop there. For every suicide death, there are 25 suicide attempts, which means every 40 seconds, there are actually 26 people who want to stop living.

Are they selfish? Are they cowardly? Are they ungrateful? Here is what some of the suicide attempt survivors tell us:

Why didn’t I reach out to anyone? Well, the truth is that I had. I quietly tried to share that I was struggling, but instead of help, I was told that I was selfish, being dramatic, and needed to pray.

Kelechi Ubozoh, 32-year-old from Oakland, California

 I couldn’t feel anything but hurt, like I was burning from the inside out. Ending it seemed like the only way to make the pain stop

Dese’Rae L. Stage, 35-year-old from Philadelphia

 It (the voice inside my head) told me I was a burden on the people I loved. That my sick, weak, broken self was infecting everyone else. Ruining their lives. It said nothing would ever get better. And it was so loud I couldn’t hear anything else.

Kelley Clink, 38-year-old from Chicago

 I had come to a point where I believed I held no capacity to find joy or meaning in life, so I attempted to kill myself.

A.P. Looze, 28-year-old from Minnesota

If you read carefully, you will find a voice of helplessness and desperation in those quotes. Silently sobbing souls, hoping for a way out of their pain. Suicide is an ultimate cry of this pain, a pain we could not address, a pain we most often ignored or silenced. I do not ignore the small percent who despite being helped, could not be cured or their condition managed. But we can all admit to a larger proportion who are silently suffering fearing the stigma of a diagnosis, a label and subsequent rejection and ridicule.

Mental illnesses are real. Depression is painful. Anxiety is suffocation. The sufferers often see no hope ahead. It is at this point that suicide starts to seem like an option. Nobody wants to die; they merely want the pain to stop.

People suffering from a mental illness are not weak. They are often the strongest warriors. But during certain seasons, they are gripped by feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Their hearts grow heavy and everything looks bleak. Their circumstances trouble their soul and their thoughts suffocate them. It feels like death is better than living in deep darkness and agony.

Now, how can we help?

If you are struggling with a mental illness or suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. You do not have to wait until it gets worse to seek help. You already need it.

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