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        Coping With Suicidal Thoughts

There is ALWAYS another solution, even if you can’t see it right now. People who have attempted suicide and survived say that they did it because they felt there was no other solution to their problems.They could not see another way out, but they didn’t really want to die. Remember that no matter how horribly you feel, these emotions will pass.

If you are feeling suicidal, tell yourself to wait 24 hours. This will give you time to really think things through and give yourself some distance from the strong emotions that are making you feel hopeless. During this 24-hour period, spend time with people who love you. A good friend or family member. Let someone you trust help you.

Stay away from people, places and situations that make you feel suicidal. Give a bad situation some breathing room and let problems fix themselves. If you can't avoid the problem, make sure someone not directly involved knows about a coworker or a teacher. You never have to deal with problems on your own. 

Having thoughts of hurting yourself or others does not make you a bad person. Depression can make you think and feel things that are out of character. No one should judge you or condemn you for these feelings if you are brave enough to talk about them.

If you’re afraid that you may attempt suicide, make sure you are not alone. Stay in public places, hang out with friends or family members, get out in the sunshine or go to a movie—anything to keep from being by yourself and in danger.