The last thing that most people expect is that they will run out of reasons to live. But if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you need to know that you’re not alone. By some estimates, as many as one in six people will become seriously suicidal at some point in their lives.
Some Important Facts We Would Like to Share with You
Suicidal thinking is usually associated with problems that can be treated.
Clinical depression, anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, and other disorders produce profound emotional distress. They also interfere with effective problem-solving. But you need to know that studies show that the vast majority of people who receive appropriate treatment improve or recover completely. Even if you have received treatment before, you should know that different treatments work better for different people in different situations. Several tries are sometimes necessary before the right combination is found.
If you are unable to think of solutions other than suicide, it is not that solutions don’t exist, only that you are currently unable to see them.
Therapists and counsellors (and sometimes friends) can help you to see solutions that otherwise are not apparent to you.
Suicidal Crises are Almost Always Temporary
Although it might seem as if your unhappiness will never end, it is important to realize that crises are usually time-limited. Solutions are found, feelings change, unexpected positive events occur. Suicide is sometimes referred to as “a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” Don’t let suicide rob you of better times that will come your way when you allow more time to pass.
Problems are Seldom as Great as they Appear at First Glance
Job loss, financial problems, loss of important people in our lives – all such stressful events can seem catastrophic at the time they are happening. Then, months or years later, they usually look smaller and more manageable. Sometimes, imagining ourselves “five years down the road” can help us to see that a problem that currently seems catastrophic will pass and that we will survive.
Reasons for Living can Help Sustain a Person in Pain
A famous psychologist once conducted a study of Nazi concentration camp survivors, and found that those who survived almost always reported strong beliefs about what was important in life. You, too, might be able to strengthen your connection with life if you consider what has sustained you through hard times in the past. Family ties, religion, love of art or nature, and dreams for the future are just a few of the many aspects of life that provide meaning and gratification, but which we can lose sight of due to emotional distress.
Do Not Keep Suicidal Thoughts to Yourself!
Help is available for you, whether through a friend, therapist, or member of the clergy. Find someone you trust and let them know how bad things are. This can be your first step on the road to healing.
Inspiring Nunavummiuq of the Month – Meet Brittany Holm
My name is Brittany Holm, I am the Mental Health Outreach and Addictions worker here in Naujaat. I have been working in this position for five years now. I have a 15-month-old daughter Aurora-Wynter with my Fiancé Aaron who I met in Naujaat. The best part about working in the community is getting to see the smiles.
Nunavut Colouring Pages
Please enjoy these colouring pages that were developed for the Suicide prevention summit.
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Inspiring Nunavummiuq of the Month – Meet Brianna Taparti
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Holiday Self-Care Calendar
…the holidays can be hard, especially if you’ve lost a loved one to suicide. We invite you to follow along with these daily self-care prompts over your winter break. If you can, print off this calendar and check off every self-care activity you do over the Holidays! If you follow along and do every single.
Aippagiittiarniq Discussion Guide
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