I had an idea last night and surprise surprise I actually remembered it this morning. Someone please tell me if it's been done already. I have noticed in myself and others who are mentally ill a tendency to talk about all the ineffectual stuff that others have done and said to try and break us out of our suicidal state and we're probably all familiar with those lists of rather unhelpful techniques such as deep breathing and going for walks which may work when you're a little blue but but let's face it don't do a whole lot when you've gone totally mental and your whole world is crashing down around you. What if, instead, we who are suicidal or have ever been suicidal, list in one thread, what does work, in the hope that it might help someone refrain from committing suicide. Anything is fair game as long as it is keeping you around: things like wanting to see a child grow up, or maybe you feel that it's not the right time yet and you're waiting for x event to happen, etc. For me the biggest deterrent of all time has been an intense, morbid fear of death. That, unfortunately has been removed. The two remaining things that are keeping me around are family and a strong feeling of hope that things can and will get better. If you have any deterrents holding back death's cold, bony hand, please share them here.