I feel like overcoming a lot has put me in a position where I’m able to help people. At this point, I feel like one of my purposes in life is to educate people on suicide via a lived experience perspective — something I feel we don’t see enough of.
I chose to stay so that I could have the opportunity to help others choose life over suicide.
Stage says we tend to associate suicide strictly with mental illness and overlook other known factors related to trauma and adversity, including relationship problems, substance use, financial struggles, health issues, and sudden crises.
Stage hopes that Live Through This will change the stories we tell each other and ourselves about why people attempt and die by suicide.
I was given a second chance at life so I stay because 1) I want to honor the people who saved my life and 2) I’m stubborn. 16.
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, Mashable asked Stage if members of the Live Through This Facebook group would share their reasons for living. 1.
I stay because I want people to know of all the things I live with, and have lived through, and see that I am not only still here, but I am truly happy.
If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than half of those who died by suicide between 1999 and 2016 didn’t have a known mental health condition. (Those without a known mental health condition were more likely to be men and died by firearm.
I choose to stay for my two cats, the people I love and hold dear, the next gorgeous sunrise and epic thunderstorm, and the next good book or awesome cup of tea.
She learned a long time ago, after attempting suicide, that gratifying distractions and reminders of life’s small pleasures might save her in a moment of crisis.
Stage knows that even if a person once attempted or contemplated suicide, it doesn’t mean that’s how their life will end.
"I stay because there are so many more adventures to be had and so many fires of hope in people’s souls to ignite". 11.
I stay because there are so many more adventures to be had and so many fires of hope in people’s souls to ignite. 13.
I have one action item for you: save the numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) and Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741-741). @800273TALK @CrisisTextLine pic. twitter. — Dese’Rae L.
The popular perception of suicide — that it’s unstoppable once the idea takes root — doesn’t reflect the reality that Stage and so many other survivors know.
Stage says that coping with suicidal thoughts can get easier with time, particularly once a person develops a set of skills to help manage negative or volatile emotions.
Indeed, 9 out of 10 people who attempt to take their own lives and survive do not ultimately die by suicide, according to research.
"I don’t think I’ll ever be cured of my suicidal thoughts, but I also don’t think I’ll take my life," Stage says.
There are so many reasons to stay https://t.co/jcIb91LWRa— Mashable (@mashable) September 6, 2020
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