Editor’s Picks: Best of the Conversation About Suicide
Suicide is one of the toughest topics to talk about. It can be tempting to sweep the “S word” under the carpet, skirting around the issue. But what if we fostered a Christ-centered dialogue around suicide instead? What if we addressed the issues head on, with vulnerability, grace, understanding, and a great hope for light beyond the darkness?
We hope that you’ll take a look at these articles written by people who have been brave enough to talk about it. They’ve talked about it, and they have something they want you to hear.
Behind My Happy Mask, I Was Suicidal
What if the sadness they feel is consuming them bit by bit? What if the pain they feel inside has totally overtaken any form of rationality? What if the thoughts in their heads make them believe that physical pain could remove the numbness of emotional wounds?
Suicide is a topic dear to my heart because I’ve seen it happen to people around me and people close to me. And, because I’ve been there myself.
Behind him, a single stool stood next to the railing separating the flats on my floor from the ground, 10 floors below. Several policemen were stretching a white tape across the narrow common corridor in front of me. It didn’t take much to guess what had happened.
If only my wife or I had happened to come out the door when she was there. We could have stopped her. If only we—or someone—had a chance to tell her: Please, don’t jump. There’s hope.
I stood there with a razor in my hand. It was the first time I’d ever seriously contemplated ending my life. I was acutely aware of my shortcomings and failures at all times. I wondered if the world would be better off without me.
Those who have struggled with depression know all too well a certain demon that runs through the mind. He’s a crafty and slippery spirit, sapping joy, stealing dignity, and eating happiness. He whispers in a crowd and shouts when we’re alone. He accuses, he taunts, and he laughs.
This is the demon called depression, and there’s a way to fight back.
YMI (which stands for Why Am I?), is a platform for Christian young people all over the world to ask questions about life and discover their true purpose. We are a community with different talents but the same desire to make sense of God’s life-changing word in our everyday lives.