It's happened a number of times that I've looked at a thread in SF in which someone expresses their horrible pain and their desire to end it all, and I've clicked the "reply" button hoping to offer them some comfort and encouragement (to NOT die, that is), only to find that I have no such words. Because most of the time, I'm in the same spot as that person. I'm constantly afraid, confused, and desperate, and I definitely see suicide as a way out- sometimes even as a downright positive thing. So how can I possibly try to talk someone else out of it, tell them they have so much to live for, and so on? It would be hollow at best, hypocritical at worst. So I wonder if there aren't two "tiers" of SF members- those who comfort and counsel the suicidal, and those who are too suicidal themselves to do so. Presumably, almost everyone here was in the second camp at one time or another, and then some of us "graduated" to the first. More likely, it changes for each of us from day to day. Do you ever feel like you're too suicidal to contribute meaningfully to a suicide prevention forum? And if so, do you feel any guilt or shame about it? I certainly worry that I've somehow subverted the spirit of SF by being such a downer, or perhaps even unintentionally encouraging the act through my attitude or inaction.