Listen to People / Hör den Menschen Zu / Ouça as Pessoas / Escuchar a la Gente

People who have survived their own suicide attempts say there are things that ordinary people can do to help someone they know who might be at risk of suicide: Ask, and Listen. Do not offer advice or try to cheer people up. You can tell people all day long that they have this future and they can not see it.

Unlike some of the leading causes of death like heart disease, cancer or stroke, we absolutely have the cure for suicide – You. You can decide to help someone who is feeling suicidal, connect with them, listen and keep them safe, or you can decide to get help immediately if you are suicidal.

Michael Moore: If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?

Marilyn Manson: I would not say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that is what no one did.

Feeling hopeless, angry, moody, frantic, tearful, aimless, and suicidal is my norm. Sleeping 12+ hours a night and being unable to focus and being drowsy and being irritable and eating irregularly and lacking motivation is my norm. Diet, exercise, prayer, meditation, journalling, socialization, and other frequently recommended activities, but nothing worked.

Ever since you can remember you have always been inside your head. Your parents said that you were the easiest child to bring to restaurants because you would just sit quietly and observe all the people and happenings going on around you. Who knows what your kid Self was thinking, but one thing is certain, you were definitely thinking. Your tendency to think – deeply, rapidly and sometimes maniacally – has been a part of who you are for as long as you can remember.

What most people do not know, and what you have tried very hard your whole life to keep hidden, is that you have dealt with mental health issues since you were a kid. Years have gone by and the pattern of feeling good and feeling helpless has repeated time and time again, and instead of dealing with the problem, you ignored it.

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