This post is going to get personal. Suicide is heartbreaking, both for the people contemplating suicide (because of their student loans, other debt, or any reason) and for the many people suicide always impacts (family, friends, and acquaintances). If you’re thinking of suicide, here are some things to consider.
If you’re thinking of suicide…
What I’m about to say in the next section is not to add guilt to the top of everything else you might be feeling if you’re thinking of suicide because of debt or any other reason.
It’s to let you know that you are not burdening people by staying alive, and life could get better in the future. Even if you’re facing homelessness, can’t find work, are in a bad relationship, have a mountain of debt, or are feeling hopeless for any reason. And I say all that as someone who has been clinically depressed and had brief thoughts like “what if I just turned the steering wheel real quick and hit that divider” in the past.
I couldn’t have imagined things could turn around when I was depressed, but they eventually did after I got help, changed some things in my life, and gave it time. Exercise (in the form of walking) helped too, even though I didn’t feel like getting out of bed.
I would have missed out on so much if I’d acted on that impulse. Luckily, I immediately thought of my son instead, who was a toddler at the time.
So keep in mind that it could get better than the empty depths of depression, loneliness, and despair you might be feeling today. I hope you choose to keep living. There are resources toward the end of this post that might be helpful. Click here to go straight to them.
Now, on to my story and other information…