Remember 5 Things

Remember 5 Things

#1 The pain of life can sometimes feel like it’s overwhelming your capacity to deal with life

This is particularly true if you are suffering from depression, which is distressingly common among teenagers. Most people get to this point in life -or very close to it – so you’re not alone in hitting this low-point.

You are on the floor crying for days. And that is you being brave.
That is you getting through it as best you know how.
No one else can decide what your tough looks like.
Clementine von Radics


#2 Feeling Suicidal Does Not Mean That You Are

  • Bad
  • Weak
  • Selfish
  • A loser
  • Incompetent
  • Unworthy
  • Unlovable


It Does Mean That You Are Probably

  • Temporarily overwhelmed by the pain of your life
  • Worn out from expending lots of energy to cope
  • Feeling hopeless, unconnected and out of options


The most beautiful people we have known are those that have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.


#3 Suicide is a permanent solution for temporary problems

This is true even for the problems that feel overwhelming. It is obviously always an option, so step away from it now and see if there is a better solution to what you’re experiencing.


#4 Growing up is hard and the teenage years are an emotional rollercoaster

The teenage years can be wonderful and awful, sometimes in the same day. Remember that with rollercoasters it can be terrifying on the steep drops, but if you don’t jump off (a bad thing to do), you then head back up.

Rollercoasters can be intimidating at first, but as you get more experience with them, they lose much of their power to intimidate. Life is like that, so don’t jump off right now – there will be an upturn.

Unfortunately, the down times can sometimes last for a long time. However, they don’t last forever – even though they sometimes feel like they do. Sometimes you just endure and keep moving.


#5 There are effective solutions for dealing with the temporary problems, even the severe or long-lasting ones

It doesn’t seem that way when you are feeling suicidal – because you are in extreme pain, are worn out from trying to find solutions and the solutions may not be obvious – but they are there and there are people that will be very willing to help you find those solutions.

5 actions you can take in the short term and 6 actions you can take in the longer term follow after the Emergency section.

Sometimes you just keep putting one foot in front of the other until you get out of the darkness and solutions start to appear. That applies to all of us.