People turn to suicide when the emotional pain overwhelms their coping resources. Suicide is felt most often when people are in the depths of depression, a common but treatable mental health concern.

Thoughts of suicide don’t always make sense to others in a person’s life. They don’t even always make sense to the person who’s having them. The sense of hopelessness, of being so overwhelmed by life, of despair that is so deep and never-ending, that it’s hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it yourself. Thoughts of suicide can be overpowering and all-encompassing. That’s what makes them so dangerous.

There is help for suicide — right now.

Why get help? Because suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Most people who try to end their own lives and don’t succeed later look back at their attempt as being at the very bottom of a deep, dark hole. In retrospect, most people are glad they were not successful. Although I know it’s hard for you to see any hope or way out, please believe me when I say that there is always a way…

Where do you turn for help with suicide?

If you’re thinking of committing suicide right now, please read this first, or try readingthis essay about suicide.

Immediate Online Help for Suicide & Suicidal Thoughts

Try one of these free crisis chat services:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With over 120 crisis centers across the country, our mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

Want to tell your suicide story? The Suicide Project is a site that allows you to share and get support for your own grappling with suicide.

The Samaritans are a non-religious charity that have been offering emotional support to the suicidal and despairing for over 40 years by phone, visit and letter. Callers are guaranteed absolute confidentiality and retain the right to make their own decisions including the decision to end their life. The service is available via E-mail, run from Cheltenham, England, and can be reached from anywhere with Internet access. Trained volunteers read and reply to mail once a day, every day of the year. You can also call them anywhere in the UK or Ireland: 116 123

(If you instead need help for domestic violence, please call toll-free: 800-799-7233 (SAFE).)

A number of online self-help groups exist online, including The Suicide Forum, and older groups under the Google Groups (Usenet) heirarchy addressing various problems that can contribute to people feeling suicidal, and providing information about other resources. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about suicide is also available as the Suicide FAQ.

Additional Web resources online are available for depression and suicide.

Please reach out to one of the above services today. Your life is worth it — you are worth it (even if you don’t feel that way right now). Please make the choice to live just one more day and reach out to someone, either in your life, or through one of the crisis services listed above.