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by mentally conflicted


I came across something really neat. You should think about it as well.

“Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.”

“Well, you’re still reading, and that’s very good. I’d like to ask you to stay with me for the rest of this page. I hope it means that you’re at least a tiny bit unsure, somewhere deep inside, about whether or not you really will end your life. Often people feel that, even in the deepest darkness of despair. Being unsure about dying is okay and normal. The fact that you are still alive at this minute means you are still a little bit unsure. It means that even while you want to die, at the same time some part of you still wants to live. So let’s hang on to that, and keep going for a few more minutes.


Start by considering this statement:

Suicide is not chosen; it happens
when pain exceeds
resources for coping with pain.

That’s all it’s about. You are not a bad person, or crazy, or weak, or flawed, because you feel suicidal. It doesn’t even mean that you really want to die – it only means that you have more pain than you can cope with right now. If I start piling weights on your shoulders, you will eventually collapse if I add enough weights… no matter how much you want to remain standing. Willpower has nothing to do with it. Of course you would cheer yourself up, if you could.”


“Don’t accept it if someone tells you, “That’s not enough to be suicidal about.” There are many kinds of pain that may lead to suicide. Whether or not the pain is bearable may differ from person to person. What might be bearable to someone else, may not be bearable to you. The point at which the pain becomes unbearable depends on what kinds of coping resources you have. Individuals vary greatly in their capacity to withstand pain.

When pain exceeds pain-coping resources, suicidal feelings are the result. Suicide is neither wrong nor right; it is not a defect of character; it is morally neutral. It is simply an imbalance of pain versus coping resources.”


This is something I wanted to share with you all, and it was posted by http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/

It helped.

It helped me.

Get well soon. Feel better. Remember this: you’re not alone on this, even if you think you are.

You matter, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


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Hazy Day Sunflower 4/5/2016 - 1:22 am

thank you for posting this. It helped tonight. I tend to skip the posts that are this sort of thing. For for reasons I am not going to question I stopped in and read what you posted.

God give me what I need, never what I want. I want to be floating in the Gulf tonight under the clear sky with stars. Perhaps I will go there when I dream tonight. Anyway this hopeful post made me smile, and since I’m not getting what I want tonight I have been given what I need. Thank you again.

mentally conflicted 4/5/2016 - 9:08 pm

smiling is greaaaattt.
I made you smile and I’m pretty lame soooo yeah. I’m feeling accomplished.
You read my post.
You read it.
That must mean something.
You mean something.
There’s hope, my friend.

whiskered-fish 4/5/2016 - 1:28 am

Thank you.

mentally conflicted 4/5/2016 - 9:11 pm

Thanks for reading this.
Stay strong.
I bet you sweat glitter. 🙂

mentally conflicted 4/5/2016 - 9:11 pm

Oh, how awkward. That smiley face looks a tad bit creepy. Here, have this instead lol. : )

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