Mental Health

Suicide vs. Suicidal


This is unfortunately true in so many ways. When I first read it,  I choked up. This is the truest thing I have ever read about the views of suicide. It’s time to change this.

People usually don’t take things like suicidal thoughts seriously until it’s too late. When a loved one, or just someone you know, commits suicide, they “didn’t see it coming.”

But statistics say 8 out of 10 people who commit suicide gave some, or even many, signs of their intentions.

They often brush someone’s suicidal thoughts off because they heard it from them before but they never went through with it. They think, “it’ll be the same this time.”

Bullies don’t think their actions have any serious consequences. But their actions and words may push someone over the edge. Then only when reality hits them and it’s too late, are they sorry. They may have been the one to suggest they kill themselves. Then they, when it’s too late, say they never meant it.

A lot of times, when someone says their suicidal, it’s either seen as a joke, not taken seriously, or ignored. It’s a big problem. Suicidal comments are taken too lightly. Imagine the lives that could’ve been saved if everyone took them seriously.

I never ignore suicidal comments or signs that someone might be thinking about it. Even if they say it as a joke, I make sure they’re not serious. I make sure they’re okay and that they know I’m here for them. I do what I can to make sure they are loved and that there is hope.

When you realize someone is, or might be, suicidal. Please pay attention, take them seriously and make sure they get the help they need and deserve.

Your actions can potentially save a life. Choose be a lifesaver.

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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