What is the one thing that helps you stay alive?

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by stopthethoughts, Dec 6, 2011.

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  1. When you feel impulsive or compelled to do it,
    When you feel drawn to it like a magnet,
    When it feels like it will bring you relief,
    Even though you rationally know it wont:

    What do you do?
    How do you stop yourself from going through with it?
    What is the one thing that helps you stay alive?

    It doesn't have to be just one thing,
    But what is the thought process that brings you back
    Or do you have some activity that takes your mind off it
    To distract your racing, overwhelming thoughts

    Is it always that one thing you go to,
    Or are there a few coping techniques you have depending on the reason for your current ideation:
    Whether ending pain,
    Or self-hatred,
    Or self-destructiveness,
    Or escaping reality,
    Or irrational thoughts,
    Or overwhelming guilt,
    Or punishing others,
    Or punishing yourself,
    Or simply freedom.

    What do you do to keep yourself alive?
  2. consideringtheend

    consideringtheend New Member

    i think about the affect it will have on my mum and dad and the fact that others close to us have had their lives cut short through illness. Makes me wish I'd done better with my life which in turn just makes me more depressed.
  3. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    One thing i cannot harm others by leaving i can't
  4. Crashland

    Crashland Well-Known Member

    My dog. Most definitely.
  5. 1Lefty

    1Lefty Well-Known Member

    Don't know, all of the factors that led to my attempt are still there. Probably the effect on my family, the ones that knew were much more upset than I expected, and reminded me of the potential effect on my nieces and nephews, how hurt and disappointed, basically feeling the same way I currently felt, that I'd been robbed of years of time with that person in my life.
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