I Should be Able to Choose Suicide, Right?
by Kevin Caruso
If you think that suicide is something that you can "choose,"
then let me ask you a few things about "choice."
Could you kill someone if you chose to do so?
Could you paralyze someone if you chose to do so?
Could you disfigure someone if you chose to do so?
Could you inflict brain damage on someone if you chose to do so?
And would you choose to kill someone who is mentally ill?
"Of course not. Under no circumstances. How could I ever even consider such
a thing?" you might respond.
Indeed, none of these "choices" would even enter your mind.
Yet that is exactly what you want to "choose" for yourself.
If you are suicidal, you most probably have an untreated mental illness, like depression.
Over 90 percent of the people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death. And if you have a mental illness, you cannot think straight. It is impossible.
So you are not thinking about dying by suicide, your mental illness is.
Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide. And depression can cause
excruciating emotional pain -- pain that can seem unbearable.
And it is this pain that you want to end, not your life.
Fortunately, depression is highly treatable.
So if you are acutely suicidal you need to call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK
And if you have suicidal thoughts, but are not acutely suicidal, and do not need to call either of those numbers, then you need to make appointments with a doctor and a therapist, and you need to do so immediately.
Making the appointments will be the first step to getting better.
You need to be assessed, and then treated.
So, the best "choice" that you could make right now is this:
Choose to get better.
Call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE or or 1-800-273-TALK or make those appointments right now.
Thank you for taking action.
If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.
I love you.