IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING SUICIDE, HELP IS AVAILABLE
If you are contemplating ending your own life, please reach out to
others for help. Talking with a trained crisis counselor can very well
help you with the pain you are enduring.
There are many resources available to you, with people willing to
Some of the telephone hotlines and websites include:
(to find hotlines in your State)
Online chat at: www.imalive.org
If you are a Veteran, call
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
If you are deaf, contact:
If you have had a near-death experience and need help assimilating
There is no charge to receive assistance, and a compassionate,
understanding counselor will listen to your issues without judgment or
criticism. He or she can offer practical advice and suggest additional
resources to help you resolve some of the challenges you may be facing.
Scientific studies of spiritually transformative experiences (STEs),
particularly research focused on near-death experiences occurring to
persons who have survived suicide attempts, tell us that those who commit suicide deeply
regret the choice they made to end their own life. They wish they could
take it back and find a way to persevere against all obstacles, no
matter how great. We also know from research into STEs that the meaning
and purpose of life is to love one another.
Bodily death comes to everyone and everything eventually and
inevitably. Yet, consciousness survives bodily death and lives on
eternally. When death comes as the natural conclusion of one’s life on
Earth, it is a transition from this reality to the greater
all-encompassing absolute reality that awaits us “on the other side.”
Such observations describe, but do not glorify death.
Life is a precious sacred gift. It has a transcendent purpose. It is
meant to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest. To end it prematurely is a
refusal of that gift and a denial of all the opportunities for spiritual
growth that could have come throughout one’s natural lifetime. Each new
day brings new opportunities and possibilities. Try to see beyond the
moment and know that the emotion and despair you may be feeling right
now can and will shift in time. Tomorrow is a new day.
Please consider this information carefully. If you are experiencing
pain, heartache, suffering or disillusionment and cannot think clearly
right now, please talk things over with a friend or family member or
contact one of the resources listed above. Thank you.
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