Some time ago, I did keyword research for a project on suicide prevention. One of the things that shocked me the most was how often people search for terms relating to suicide. Phrases like: “Would Everyone Be Happier Without Me?” or “I Feel Suicidal,” and even “How to Commit Suicide,” receive between one thousand and ten thousand monthly searches.
One thousand is too many.
One is too many.
If you are feeling suicidal, I want you to know that you are NOT a burden. You are wanted, and you are needed. You may not feel that way, but I promise you that there are people who love you and want you to stay alive.
Would Everyone Be Happier Without Me?
I recently interviewed author and speaker, Ganel-Lyn Condie. During the interview, she spoke about her sister’s suicide and said this:
“I lost my forty year-old sister, three years ago, to suicide. And I’m here to say, hands down, that her not being here has created the greatest grief and loss that I had ever experienced in my life and that today if I could have her here, sitting here, with all of her flaws, and all of her broken parts, I would have her.”
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Transcript of Would Everyone Be Happier Without Me?
If you are watching this video, right now, and you are having thoughts of suicide and you are struggling to feel that are of value, or of worth, and you really feel like the world would be better if you weren’t here, I am here to tell you that is a lie.
That, at every level, you are needed—with your broken parts and your insecurities and your struggle. I lost my forty year-old sister, three years ago, to suicide. And I’m here to say, hands down, that her not being here has created the greatest grief and loss that I had ever experienced in my life and that today if I could have her here, sitting here, with all of her flaws, and all of her broken parts, I would have her. I would take her, hands down.
So, we need you here. We need you to stay and fight and share what you’re learning. Because you’re learning some important things as you struggle with this depression and as you face this anxiety. And we need you to stay.
**All suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and attempts should be taken seriously. Get help 24/7 by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK. Help is also available online at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Trained consultants will provide free and confidential crisis counseling to anyone in need.**