The Importance of Stories From Suicide Survivors

One of my favorite articles was written by Scott Anderson and published in the New York Times Magazine in 2008 called “The Urge To End It All.” It discussed, among other things, researchers who study people who attempted suicide and who have survived and several survivors themselves. In virtually every one of these cases, the people who survived were thankful. They lived to witness the positive changes in their lives. Their lives did get better.

One of the reasons why the stories are so important is because too many people don’t realize that their lives can get better. They develop a sort of tunnel vision about the course of their lives leading them to believe that it won’t improve and that suicide is the answer. Most mental health problems are highly treatable. People need to know that their problems are solvable and the stories of suicide survivors are proof of this. Counseling is a great place to start.

Recently I received another story from an individual who survived a suicide in her youth. She gave me permission to post it on my website so that other people can see that there is hope even during turbulent times. You can read that story, titled August 2016: Kathy’s Silent Cry For Help: A Painfully True Story, here. Thank you, Kathy!

Your survival stories can make a difference.