How are you? Suicidal.

No one ever really talks much about it.

Then with all the negative stigmatisms that stands side by side in embrace, one might understand why.

But it is real!

Many who commit suicide have contemplated the notion of it longer than some can accept or imagine.

We ask one another, “How are you?” Do we really care? Do we take the time to listen to one another’s response given? Do we take the time to even look at them to see if they look physically ok?

Must the answer be so quick so we can continue to move on with our busy lives or jump into conversation about the latest news, gossip, religion, political campaign, next vacation, or amazingly enough ourselves?

A response will be given to, “How are you?” but what’s coming out of the mouth doesn’t always match what resides within someone. One who silently suffers stays in tune to their thoughts intensely day by day no matter what goes on around them. And those thoughts could be suicide ideations.

“Yes, I’m fine, I’m great but I was contemplating suicide and what’s the best way to carry it out. I read up on it but there are so many options. I tried overdosing but someone found me in just enough time and yeah of course I’m still freaking here. So that doesn’t work. I can only get my hand on rope, Drano, pills and I could probably get a gun but what if I can’t? The last gun I tried missed fired though. What’s going to work, what is going to do it this time? Will you embrace me tight and tell me there is another way? I really don’t want to die but I don’t want to live either. Will you show me another way? Will you walk with me all the way? Will you not judge me? Everyone says, “Take it to God and leave it there” but how do I leave it there? Maybe I will go to hell but I’m already living in hell, at least there will be no confusion where I stand. God, allowed this to happen to me. I prayed and begged him to take me and he left me here to suffer. I just don’t want to live anymore. I’m afraid. I’m afraid to live, but Yes, I’m fine!”

And yet all that was able to make it out through the windpipe was… “Yes, I’m fine!”

People are hurting beyond physical pain, a magnitude beyond what most can comprehend.

Suicide and its ideations does not discriminate in any form.

No one takes the time to listen until a life has already been taken. Their death speaks volumes when words could have done the same if someone had just taken the time to listen or pay attention.

Genially care to know when asking someone, “How are you?” Care with human compassion and respect.

Look around! Suicide and suicide ideations is real! Humans are hurting all around. Some are breaking right before our eyes!

Be kind and generous to one another! Be kind and generous to yourself!

I am by no means a doctor nor counselor, but I am a friend, a human, and I sympathize with the struggles, with those who are hurting.  If you or someone you know may be experiencing thoughts of suicide. Please be encouraged or encourage someone else to reach out.

Please don’t hesitate. You are not alone! There is more to life than what you are experiencing. The sun always shines again and you will be able to feel the rays pierce your skin. You are more precious and valuable than you know. Reach out! You are not alone!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) TTY: 1-800-799-4889.

Reach out for You! Reach out for Another! There is Hope! There is Help! You are not alone! You Matter!

Be encouraged, you got this, keep your head held high, you have survived so much, you hide so much pain, you treat others so kindly but not yourself. Be gentle with you.

Someone does care.

I care!

You are not alone!

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