September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day. In order to combat suicide we must connect at various levels. At Kerry LifeLine we strongly believe that we can all work together towards being better connected. Through sharing information, expertise and time, we can do a great deal to help those who are feeling vulnerable to suicide. Through our combined efforts a difference can be made.
You are not Alone
If you are feeling despair and having thoughts about taking your life – it’s really important to know that these are just thoughts. No matter how overwhelming they may seem, you don’t have to act on them. You may feel like there is no way out of the pain you are feeling. You may feel you can never escape the stresses in your inner and outer world. What I really want to say to you is this; even though you have these thoughts now, however impossible it might sound, there is light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how big or small your problem may be, even if it’s just a tiny glimmer, never give up hope. Don’t keep these feelings hidden, there is no shame. Know that you are not alone. Many many people experience feelings of hopelessness and despair. Jenny is one such person.
Jenny’s Story “There were times when I felt no way out of this prison of my mind. I just wanted the pain to end. I wanted to disappear. I tried to kill myself but looking back now I’m so grateful I got the right support I needed. In counseling I was able to talk about whatever was on my mind. I had always felt not good enough and somehow thought what had happened to me was my fault, even though I was just a child. I thought it would be best for everyone if I died. I know now I couldn’t have been more wrong. After counselling, the ‘demons’ in my head have quietened and I’ve moved to a better place within myself. Yeah, sure I have down days but nothing like before. I’ve started a new course and for the first time ever I’m looking forward to the future.” …….Jenny (not her real name)
Steps to take
You do not have to suffer in silence. If you are in despair please talk to someone. Whilst it may feel like a difficult thing to do it’s really important to speak to someone who may be able to help. This may be a family member, a friend, your GP, a teacher or a counsellor. There are people who understand what you are going through.
You don’t need to go through this alone.
If this seems like too much of a challenge you can call the Samaritans: 116 113, 1Life 1800 247100 or text HELP to 51444
Kerry LifeLine provides FREE one to one counselling and support to anyone feeling suicidal or bereaved through suicide. To make an appointment call 064 6636416 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry Lifeline runs a monthly support group for family members bereaved through suicide (7pm – 9pm; last Monday of the month) at SouthWest Counselling Centre.
If you would like to connect with us and support the work of Kerry LifeLine we would be delighted to hear from you. Call us on 064 6636416.