Although it is often the last resort for many,
you don't have to be embarrassed to call & it doesn't
have to be a big dramatic event
If you know you are in trouble or if you really
don't know what is wrong -- whether you think it will help you
or not, just call anyway.
You may not know how it helped until after you
are well, your depression is treated and you look back and see
that it really did make a difference.
It probably won't be just one
thing that gets you through this terrible
time in your life - It will be lots of little things that really
don't seem like help at all.
The one time I called a suicide hotline
was after I took something to kill myself. I don't know why I even
called. It was my second attempt & I
was determined to kill myself. But my doctor had given me the
number so I called it. I wasn't even upset - I just told the
gal that I had taken something to kill myself. She said I should
go in and wake my Dad and tell him - if not they would send an
Without the Doctor's "will" -
his directive to call the number, and the counselor's "will" or
influence, I feel sure that I would have just laid down & waited
to die like I had done the first time I tried.
(However, just as in my previous attempts,
the stuff I took would not have killed me anyway, but I would
have wondered about damage to my body or brain, making my plight
worse than ever.)