suicidal ideation

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Ask Erin: I Am Bored With My Life

I'm so satisfied with my life that I don't know what else to do... But after several years of feeling satisfied, I'm bored. Read...
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When You're A Mother Contemplating Suicide

Suicide is a complex issue, one which can be caused by numerous factors: i.e., mental health issues, physical health issues, familial issues, and financial issues. They can all put you “at risk.” The matter is a public health crisis. More than 800,000 people die by suicide each year. How do I know so much about suicide? Because I have considered suicide. Because I have contemplated suicide, and because I have attempted suicide.

Please reach out if you see someone struggling with depression. (Photo by nikko macaspac on Unsplash)

If You See Me Slipping Into Depression, Please Reach Out

Depression lingers like an unwelcome ghost trailing behind me. And most days, I accept that. I acknowledge that. And, I’m okay. What if one day I’m not?

Depression is a disease of inaction, of paralysis. At least, that’s how it manifests for me.

I Have Compassion For Everyone Struggling With Depression Except Me

With other people who are struggling with mental health issues, I am empathetic. But when it comes to my own depression, I am none of those things.

That desire to die is within us.

The Complicated Question People Want To Ask: Why Were You Suicidal?

I realized all at once that folks who have not been suicidal do not understand what it means to be mentally ill and suicidal.

Social media is a great place to share our accomplishments, but it’s an equally valuable place to share our struggles.

When You Suffer On Social Media

The benefit of posting honestly about our struggles and depression on social media.

I am more aware and concerned about those around me suffering that might be feeling triggered and alone.

Suicide Awareness In The Wake Of Aaron Hernandez’s Death

For someone who suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts, a headline about somebody killing themselves can be triggering.

Letting go of suicide means I have to let it all go, let it all out.

Saying Goodbye To Suicide And Yes To A Life Worth Living

Dear Suicide, I don't know how to start this. I want to write something deep and life-changing, but that's just too daunting. So I'll start with the facts before I have to do the hard part of breaking up with you.