Is there anyone else who often hears and hates the statement that is the title of this thread? What stops me from committing suicide is the pain/fear. Why do people say that if I was *truly* suicidal (as if they know if I am or not) I wouldn't be afraid to just jump from a height or something. Where does this logic come from? So, because I'm so depressed I want to die, suddenly I have no fear? Of pain, of heights, of fear itself? They often counter this with, "Well, even if you were afraid you'd know it would all be over in a second so you'd do it anyway." So, here is the reality: I AM afraid of heights, of pain, of other things. If I wasn't... I may be dead now, or at least planning something concrete. Maybe these people don't realize that fear is one of the things that CONTRIBUTES to my depression on a daily basis. Anxiety, and lots of it (though it isn't the worst of my problems). Plus, why would I want to spend my last few moments terrified or in agony? Haven't I had enough of that? It's just one more thing that makes me feel awful. Being told that I'm not REALLY suicidal, I just want attention and don't want to die, because if I was serious I would just take a running jump off of something. Of course I don't want to die. And yet, I do. I feel that I must. And fear gets in the way, no matter how utterly depressed I am. I wish I had the nerves of steel required to do something crazy, because then I would feel a bit more peaceful knowing I had a way out and could take it. But I don't. I'm too afraid to try. So I remain here, listening to the idiots who tell me I'm not really suicidal. Yeah, thanks.