Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright

Passionate advocate for authenticity in our lives and in our communities.

YOU can save a life! Suicide is real but NOT the answer.

Did you know you have the power to save lives?  Did you know that you can give hope to someone who may feel hopeless?

In a recent NY Times article a study on suicide states that the rates of suicide has surged to an all time high over 30 years.  It has risen in every age group except older adults and most alarmingly among girls ages 10 to 14. In all, 42,773 people died from suicide in 2014, compared with 29,199 in 1999.

Suicide is a public health issue.  This is an issue that we can all address:

We can address it by talking about hope in the face of hopelessness.  

We can remind folks that suicidal thoughts may be a symptom of depression AND

depression (and other mental disorders) is an illness not unlike cancer or diabetes.

We can say that having depression is not your fault, that you did not bring it on yourself, it is not a reflection of your character and it nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

We can tell our own stories.  We can encourage others to tell theirs…with no expectations, no judgement…only love.

We can talk about the Help that is always available-  primary care physicians, therapists; medication, healthy diets, wholistic methods, light therapy and the list goes on.

Help, Hope and healing is available!

If you are having suicidal thoughts, remember you are loved, you are ENOUGH and you deserve life, No Matter What.

Text here for help: Crisis Text Line  Call here for help: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Read my books Here.

Remember your word to your servant in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.  Psalm 119.

5 Responses so far.

  1. sweety5225 says:

    Thank you, I’m having hard time after recent suicide attempt. I was revived but I still have no feeling. I’m numb. I show it in my face and body. I can’t smile or cry. It’s a state of mind that’s controlling me. All I write about is death.

  2. Thank you Sweety525. I am sorry that you are feeling numb and are in this state of mind. I understand for I have been there. Please know that hope and help and healing is available. Thank God you were revived. Even though it doesn’t seem so right now, being able to feel again, to smile, to cry, to laugh even is possible again. Hold on. Light will make a way.

  3. Dave says:

    It took me about 5 months to be ok that my attempt failed. I don’t know how long it’s been for you, but hang in there. I promise it doesn’t stay bad forever.

  4. It’s actually this effort at saving lives that keeps many people away from ‘getting help’.

    You see, none of us chose to be alive. Birth is always without consent. What we want is an easy way out. We want to know that when we feel like it, we can exit life painlessly and without leaving a mess.

    Talking about whether or not we should kill ourselves is beside the point. Until you give us the right, until you respect our bodily autonomy like we respect yours there will be no dialogue

  5. Reblogged this on Runnings: Tomlin In Jamaica and commented:
    True words

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