Study Measures Impact of Parental Suicide on Children

Many children grow up facing distinct challenges within their family lives, though some are presented with pronounced difficulty that may have the potential to negatively impact the child’s adult life. The suicide of a parent during childhood is a markedly traumatic experience that may require special care and therapy treatment, and professionals have been interested in the effects of such an event on children for some time. In a study performed at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, researchers recently investigated the potential impact of parental suicide on children’s own likelihood of committing the same deed later on in life.

To carry out the study, researchers focused on statistical data that spanned over the course of thirty years for a group of people in Sweden. Parents involved in the data had either died through suicide, through an accident, or through an illness, or were still alive. The children of these parents were then analyzed for their subsequent rates of psychiatric hospitalization, convictions of violent crime, and death. The study found that children whose parent died through suicide were three times as likely as children with living parents to commit suicide themselves, though this discrepancy disappeared when the children were eighteen or older at the time of the parent’s death. Children whose parent died in an accident while the child was thirteen years of age or younger were twice as likely as kids with living parents to commit suicide, and this tendency likewise disappeared in children of older ages. The death of a parent as the result of illness did not seem to have any impact on suicide rates.

The study highlights the potential for harm among children who experience the death of a parent by suicide before their eighteenth birthday, and researchers suggest that this finding provides ample evidence for the monitoring and distribution of care to kids in such situations. Through providing the right kinds and amounts of support, therapists and other professionals may be able to help break the cycle of suicide in families.

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  • Gregory

    April 23rd, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    As if the loss of a parent is not enough bad news for a child to face,the fact that the parent committed suicide hits the child more than anything else…the child is left confused as to why it happened and because a child cannot often understand the problems that the parent may have had,this confusion can lead up to the child’s adulthood and create problems later on too.

  • Dan

    March 22nd, 2017 at 4:31 AM

    Is this a causal effect or a relational effect?

    A child that commits suicide following a parents suicide may suffer from serious mental illness that led to their suicide. They may have committed suicide regardless of whether their parent did it. Simply knowing that their parent committed suicide could be encouragement to follow the same course, but would it have the same effect on children that where to young to know their parent? How about parents that were abusive toward their children who commit suicide? I probably ask to many questions, but certainly their are other situations that may or may not lead to children following their parents in suicidal action later in their own lives.

    How much does bullying play into it?

  • Virginia

    April 24th, 2010 at 5:09 AM

    Suicide is such a horrible thing for anyone to have to try to process and deal with, much less a young child. You know there has to be a tendency for the child to think that it was his or her fault, that the adult doing this in some way did this because of them. I hate to see just how profoundly this can impact a child not only now but well into the future. If more people would think about this before committing suicide then maybe numbers would go down.

  • Jane D.

    December 5th, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    I don’t think a person who is about to commit suicide is in any position to consider the impact this would have on anybody else..

  • Joan

    May 29th, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Thank you for saying that. My brother took his own life a few years ago and it made me sick when one of my other siblings called him selfish.

  • Weeks

    July 6th, 2019 at 12:30 AM

    As someone who has been institutionalized for suicidal idealization, it is something that goes through your mind. That said, even though it is something considered in many people, it doesn’t have a huge impact on the outcome. Most people who decide to pull the proverbial trigger do so out of a feeling of hopelessness, and that includes feeling that their absence would be for the best. Hell, after getting out and being on my meds for more than 3 years I still struggle with that thought.

  • S.cooper

    April 24th, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    A child to encounter death is shocking to say the least and to know that a parent actually decided to end his.her life can very very upsetting to a child and may even interfere with the child’s future mental thoughts and behavior.

  • Carol

    April 25th, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    How could an event like this not have a huge impact in the life of a child? The child will probably not yet quite understand the concept of death and to add to that the fact that this was a death that really did not have to happen adds even more confusion to the mix. Not to mention the fact that suicide is still one of those subjects that for many people remains taboo and they do not know how to talk about it adds even more difficulty to the situation. The child probably feels lost having no one to talk to about what happened and therefore carries that around with him, mulling over it for years.

  • Ginny C

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:10 AM

    suicide is such a selfish act- how anyone could do this to their kids and their families is beyond me

  • jonathon

    May 30th, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Well said gina screw all that stuff about being sick there is no excuse for that you are weak and a coward if you do that to you children and your name should not be glorified in any warlike you are some type of martyr..

  • Sylvester

    November 4th, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Yeah, I see that a lot of you see suicide as either cowardliness or selfishness, both of which are very true, from a healthy person’s point of view. What you don’t understand is that the person who does this doesn’t care what you or anyone else thinks. Their pain is so strong that all rational thought is gone. They only see their removal from life as being the best alternative.

  • Mother of 2

    January 5th, 2017 at 6:57 AM

    Please, no one can judge a person who commits suicide. To say it is selfish and cowardly is unfair. Unless you’ve been there you will never understand what goes through our minds when we do this or try. Imagine how much desperation, pain and sadness we must feel to actually consider this, let alone carry out our wish. Please don’t judge, you can never know unless you’ve tried. It’s not as easy as deciding whether to take your kids to the park or not because you are tired. There is REAL pain that goes along with these thoughts and actions. You will never know what holding your child after birth feels like unless you’ve done so. No matter how much someone can explain it
    Please don’t judge. The pain is so real that NOTHING else is logical. Think about the people who commit suicide and take their loved ones with them. We will never know how THEY felt. Only how the ones left behind do.
    Please don’t judge

  • john

    June 17th, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    You have judgement and no understanding of pain.

  • jenna p.

    August 14th, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    suicide is very selfish but is it better for a child to know that a parent is in constant pain anguish and misery

  • Stef

    August 26th, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Really selfish or selfless. The fact of matter is. The person in question, is in serious pain and feels like there is no way out excepts to end their lives. They actually don’t have a supporting family or friends so there really isn’t any reason to go on living. They believe that their child will be better without then especially if the ex spouse keeps putting him/her down and makes him/her feel unworthy of living and to add more stress to the situation and ex that cheated and left him/her and is now trying to force him/her into bankruptcy…. What more does that person really have to live for? The remaining of hiis/her life struggling financially??? Struggling to find out where or when will their next meal be? Living on the streets? When your times comes your time comes where it’s by suicide or not you are going to die. You can’t cheat death.

  • Melissa G.

    August 27th, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    There is no excuse for suicide. It is not “selfless” it is only selfish. My ex husband was addicted to meth and abusing our son physically and verbally. I took him to court after the felony child abuse charges were filed and had his visitation revoked until he could prove he had gotten sober and taken some anger classes. That was this last Monday. Thursday, four days before our son’s 14th birthday, he killed himself. He did so in such a violent manner that cremation is the ONLY option. My son had been so afraid of and angry at (and rightfully so) his dad that he has had no reaction at all to his father’s passing. All he had to do was get sober, face the criminal charges and start repairing his relationship with his son. But that was far too much to ask of a self centered, self absorbed addict. By the way, before drugs he was a damn good father, I never spoke ill of him, never tried to ruin his life. Even after the abuse I encouraged my son to forgive his father, if for nothing else, for his own sanity. I’ve dealt with depression for as long as I can remember, but since I became a mother I have sought out help. I would never (as I imagine most parents wouldn’t) take my own life and abandon my children. Suicide is the most selfish act anyone can committ and there is NO excuse for such a cowardly act.

  • Alena

    September 7th, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Stef….it’s like you are the only person who understands how I feel. I think being a broke (bc I am a stay at home mom) loser, who is in so much pain from spousal abuse, and all alone without a friend or relative who gives a sh** doesn’t make life seem worth it. My kids would be better off with their dad and his rich parents. They (him, his parents, and my relatives) all make me feel inadequate and small and like it would be better for my kids if I would just die. I wish I had the guts to just end it….I hate life because I cannot see the potential for happiness ever. It’s the most empty, profoundly dark, and sad feeling in the world. And to anyone who thinks suicide is selfish and/or medications can solve all problems clearly cannot fathom the depths of despair it takes to commit such an act.

  • Amber B

    November 3rd, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Melissa G. – If you get this I beg you to get your boy into counseling. I know this story so well and it has very long and devastating effects on a child. What you described was almost word for word what a friend of mine went through except his mother did it when he was 14 after an addiction to meth. He is 41yo now and although he hated his mom and showed no signs when it happened he suffered alone greatly. It has effected him in all aspects of his life and a part of him blames himself since he was so angry with her when she chose to do it. Anger is a form of pain sometimes, it is grief in another form. I will pray for your baby and you to find peace and understanding with his decision.

  • Ignorance

    June 15th, 2017 at 1:40 AM

    So judgemental. Selfish and cowardly? Somehow people seem to think that their life experiences, or their experience with the passing of a loved one is applicable to every other person on the planet. Get a clue. If you don’t have a medical/therapy background, then honestly, what do you know about clinical contributors to suicide? Nothing. You’re just another ignorant arsehole running your mouth about things you have no idea about.
    Also glad to see all that compassion for these poor, suffering people who didn’t get the help they needed in time to avert a TRAGIC outcome. I’ll have to try and remember to tell the next parent of a child that commits/attempts suicide that their offspring is nothing but a selfish coward.

  • Marty

    December 3rd, 2016 at 4:00 AM

    You should learn more about attachment based parental allienation.

  • Tina

    December 10th, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    I disagree Ginny C. When someone thinks of suicide, attempts, or actually succeeds it’s because they were desperate for support and weren’t getting any. It actually marks the breakdown and selfishness of our overall society. Something to think about..

  • Mark

    April 23rd, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Thank. I agree 100%

  • Patty

    May 24th, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    I agree. Not everyone’s life gets better with time. Some get worse with time. If you are a burden to your family members, and it’s not going to get better, what’s the point?

  • Weeks

    July 6th, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    This is just not true. Suicidal tenancies are often due to a feeling of hopelessness and that the world would be better off without you. There is a selfish aspect as well in not wanting to hurt anymore as well, but often that is coupled with the feeling of hopelessness that you’ll never get better, that you’ll always hurt and hurt those around you due to it. Take this from someone who has battled this for 18 years.

  • Hannah

    April 27th, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    Think of the stigma that these kids must endure when peers discover that a prent has committed suicide. It is hard enough to deal with losing a parent to natural causes, but must be even more difficult when he or she dies at his own hand.

  • Jess

    July 9th, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    This article concerns me greatly as my child’s father committed suicide. We are all getting help and hoping to turn this tragic event into something positive.
    We have started a website to help others who are in our position.
    Please visit and contribute your thoughts.
    Thanks so much

  • Jeff

    January 29th, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Ginny C – My mother committed suicide when I was 10. It does feel like a very selfish act, but that is only through the eyes of survivors. I think she was so disturbed, she thought she was helping us by freeing us from her. It is hard to imagine feeling that way, unless you have experienced truly suicidal depression.

    Jess – You are doing the right thing. My father did not know to get us help and it was a big, unfortunate mistake by someone who otherwise coped well. I would urge your children to think of their circumstances like a chronic condition. Return to therapy whenever necessary and expect it to be, at least, intermittently necessary.

  • Steve

    February 16th, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    I have kids and I am going through a horrible depression right now. I’ve had traumatic experiences as a child and some of those same feelings are coming up again as an adult. I know it is a selfish thing to do and I know how it would impact my kids. But you reach a certain point when you feel you have no worth and no control over your life and cannot cope regardless of the impact to those around you.

  • Nikki

    July 21st, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Steve, Please go talk to a therapist, see if you can get some kind of prescription to help you to deal with the depression. You are very worth the healthy life that you have! I don’t even know you but I care enough to think any parent is worth the very life/lives of the children they brought into this world. Those children will always love and so many others you may not even know! Every kid just wants his/her Dad to be there in some way, even if it only physically. You are a Dad…you are worth it…you are worth finding a way to feel better while being on this earth. Think about this…there are many people that are stricken with a disease that will kill them ( not by their own actions) and would give anything to have the life you have! So please, don’ t give up…find reward in your children…find something that makes you feel worth it….those children should be that! You are worth it…let me say it again…you are worth it! Fight brother! God Bless!

  • Joe

    December 13th, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    My Mom committed sucide when I was eight. I think as a result I have always struggled with depression. I always thought that I would die by sucide. Seeing a therpists. Please do the same.

  • Kevin

    April 8th, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    As someone who has attempted suicide twice in the past three years, it is both naieve and simplistic to refer to it as a “selfish” act. Yes, there is a selfish desire to end the pain, whether it be physical, emotional, mental, or a combination. But to suggest that it is ONLY a selfish act is unfair. You can reach a point, despite medication and therapy, where you truly believe everyone esle would also be better off. Jeff touched on this in his comments about his mother. I do agree that it can, and in most cases probably does, cause more harm than good for the surviving family, but please don’t forget that the person who takes his or her own lkife is a victim, too.

  • me

    April 28th, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Suicide is not always a selfish act. What if there is no other way to provide for your family other than an insurance policy that will take care of them financially for years to come. A life insurance policy that has been in effect for years and the “suicide clause” is over.

  • Jules

    April 28th, 2015 at 4:46 AM

    Hey me, challenges are for us to face and work through, you are more than a provider, you are a human being. Worse things have happened, sometimes it’s a good thing for us to do without so we value what we have. Hang in there, there’s so much life to be lived, and how will you know if you bale out? Talk to someone find other options.

  • Nikki

    July 21st, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    There are other ways to combat financial distress…the family you leave behind doesn’t care if you have a penny or a million….they just want you to be here and want to be with you…whatever that journey brings. Right now, anyone can a job any where and as long as you show up and on time and try to do your best you got it. We are living in a world where all the baby boomers are retiring and company’s cannot find enough workers. It’s a set back but not the end of your world or life. Anyone, especially your family, would rather see you try than to just give up and end your life with them! They might live without now, but someday when it is your time they will receive that benefit but they will also have the benefit of you being in their life, helping to shape them into someone who doesn’t give up and just keeps on going no matter what…finding a way to make it work. That in itself deserves their true respect…and the love, well, that’s already there no matter what. so I pose this…before you take your life for family to reap on your life insurance…why don’t you ask them what they prefer….do without some things or have me gone forever?? I am sure that answer would keep you alive. God Bless!

  • Bobby Jean

    July 28th, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Suicides often do not want to die .. they j.u.s.t. w.a.n.t. t.h.e. p.a.i.n. t.o. s.t.o.p. It is vital to help the potential suicide develop coping skills … refocus, away from the pain. One good way is a variation of the 4th Step in AA … grab pencils and paper, sit down and write about the pain. Name names. Name dates, times and circumstances. Brutal honesty helps; the more detail the better. There will be tears. After this is written, take it outside and burn it .. one page at a time. Release the memories in the fire. Let the pain lift and disappear with the ashes. Then, start fresh ..make goals on where you want to be in 6 months, 12 months and 60 months. Do ONE THING every day toward one of those goals .

  • josh

    February 12th, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    It’s true. Death is just the only way to make it stop it sometimes seems. Like a loud noise that never stops and only keeps getting louder and louder and louder. Suicide is just surrendering, not a goal…

  • dave

    November 17th, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    I have read many of these comments and I do feel that the logical side of a parent suicide more than likely has a very devastating influence on children, especially in my case where my children and I are very close.

    While suicide may appear to be a selfish act (and I do believe it can be sometimes), suicide can also be the ultimate surrender. I have been in such severe emotional, psychological, and emotional pain that it is hard for me to be a human being. It is almost like a drug addict is not acting rationally when they need that next hit, all options are open. When the drug addict starts to heal, it can be shocking what the drug addict was willing to do to get the next hit.

    I feel this is like my urge to end my life. It is like a drug addict willing to do almost anything for the next hip. The pain becomes so overwhelmeing, so encompassing, the pain cuts off all channels of “normal conscious” and suicde becomes the best choice. The difference is a drug addict can always heal while suicide, if succesfull, is a one time deal.

    While I can see how many of you can see and say that suicide is selfish, it is my firm belief that for many it is the overwhelming pain that drives away all conscous thought and increases the desire to end the pain the most effective way possible.

    Hope these words find someone.

  • Joe

    December 13th, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Hey Dave. Sorry to hear you are in so much pain. I get it. Felt the same at times. I wish you well. Peace. Joe

  • Ms. D

    March 7th, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    People who characterize suicide as a selfish act are unfamiliar with severe depression. There are times of extreme stress, depression, trauma, alcohol or drug use, etc. that interfere with a person’s ability to think logically or rationally including considering the effect of their actions upon others, even loved ones. If you can’t empathize with a parent who has suicidal thoughts or actually kills him/herself consider yourself lucky to live such a blessed life.

  • Haley

    October 24th, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Suicide is a selfish act. I have struggled with depression myself. However, if you have children think of what you will be putting them through. A parent is supposed to love and protect their children. Committing suicide is not protecting them, it is damaging them. You have no idea what it is like to live your life wondering why you weren’t good enough for your father to want to live. You say that believing suicide is selfish means that we don’t empathize with someone who has severe depression. Think of the pain and devastation you are causing by committing suicide. The anger is always there but so is the longing for wondering what it would have been like to have a father. My mother is the strongest person I know because she picked up the broken pieces after my dad killed himself. He left her alone to raise 4 children. I also watched what his suicide did to my grandparents. One month before my dad killed himself my moms dad did the same thing. Suicide is not the answer. It does far more damage then you realize. Why would you want to leave your kids behind and have them wonder why you didn’t love them enough to stay and what they did so wrong that you would want to kill yourself?????

  • Melissa G.

    August 27th, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Thank you! I have dealt with severe depression and near crippling PTSD and have often thought about ending my life. The moment I became a mother I realized that I needed to be around for a very long time, for them. I’ve had 9 people in my family committ suicide. Two of those left huge holes in my heart. Just two days ago my son’s father committed suiced, just four days before his 14th birthday. He was a drug addict and the drugs had turned him mean and violent. He was facing felony child abuse charges and refused to get sober. I am still trying to convince my son to forgive him for the abuse. He’s had no reaction to his father’s passing. When I told him he had died he responded with “he did it to himself didn’t he?”. I can’t even begin to describe how heartbreaking this all is. My ex was always a selfish person, but this is just unbelievably selfish and the absolute worst thing for our son. Selfish is putting it simply and nicely.

  • Kate

    January 19th, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    VERY good point!!! I want to die soooo bad but have always felt it was selfish…i escape the pain but my parents and daughters would suffer greatly. HOWEVER, i have been causing so much pain to them alive through drug addiction and depression, that I often believe they would be ‘better off!’ Sincerely! I have actively tried to get well for 10 years and i am hopeless that i will ever get better. If i was gone, they would grieve for a bit but then move on and not have to put up with my bullshit for many years! I just cant stop thinking about them missing mommy soooo bad… This is miserable! Also, Im not so sure why there is such hostility and even mean comments here. Be grateful and compassionate…u dont have to agree

  • Nikki

    July 21st, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Hi Kate, my daughter’s name is Kate, and I love her dearly. And I don’t even know you but I care for you already. Please for your daughter’s sake, combat the drug addiction, and the depression will go away too. It would be better to commit yourself to an institute to get better rather than committing suicide. Ask your daughters and parents, I am sure they will agree. I will pray for you…no meanness here…just trying to help.

  • JD

    June 30th, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    I feel sort of the same way. I feel I am screwing up my daughters life. So If i leave the world she won’t be any worse off. I guess all I can do is keep trying. I do think it would devastate her. Just have to keep trying….. sigh..

  • KTP

    September 25th, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    Ms. D, Wonderfully said! Your input very much so stuck out to me. When I talk about my father commiting suicide I describe it as… being apart of a club, the “someone I love committed suicide clun” and unless you are apart of that club you will never fully understand what I mean when I say that. I describe depression the same way. Unleas you have personally experienced depression there is absolutely no way to understand it. Thank you for your input….. people need to EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON THE TOPIC OF SUICIDE BEING A SELFISH ACT! THAT IS FALSE!

  • Kym

    November 23rd, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Coward? Selfish? I honestly believe that is exactly what I am but I am alive. I honestly believe it’s the only reason I am still alive. I know people that have ended their own lives and I totally understand why. What some people don’t seem to understand is that when your life has been taken away , home,children,money,assets and quite often the partner that that you love, life is just existing breathe in breathe out.

  • Taylor

    March 13th, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Committing Suicide is the MOST SELFISH ACT EVER!!!!! I understand that you can be going through so much it almost seems impossible to get through it. I was going to committ suicide until someone pulled me down off the top! And there is no doubt that all I was being was selfish!!! I had a baby who needed me more then anything else! If your children aren’t a good enough reason for you to want to live no matter what you are going through or what you are feeling then you are nothing but pathetic. If you are considering it then seriously go get help. How selfish of you to want to take the EASY way out and leave your child to deal with it alone! Stop feeling sorry for yourself and start thinking about how you are going to effect those around you. You are only the victim if you choose to be. So stop letting whatever it is that you have gone through or are going through control your feelings and your life!!! You can get through anything! You just need to believe in yourself!

  • Sonya

    June 2nd, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Taylor, thank you, thank you, thank you ! My father commited suicide when I was five years old ( I am now 40) and have spent the last 20 years or so wondering why I wasn’t a good enough reason for my father wanting to live. Suicide is a selfish, pathetic act that leaves devistation and destruction in it’s aftermath

  • Monroe

    February 23rd, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    so many people quick to judge without knowing anything about mental illness. If you really think all these people were simply “going through something” you don’t know what you’re talking about. I get it you’re angry and it’s important for your recovery to call it pathetic assuming they took an easy way out. Just know that anyone who actually has felt the grips of that very real feeling would never word it that way. Before you argue saying you know how it feels blahblahblah, if you’re saying that then you absolutely do not know how it feels.

    Your dad didn’t kill himself because of you, but trust me in his mind he did think of you and thought he was doing the best thing. He was not pathetic or selfish… He was not in his right mind and was consumed.

  • TDub

    June 3rd, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    All people have the right to make their own choices. But if your someone you love kills themselves and all you see is that they were selfish, you are selfish. I lost the closest person in my life to suicide. I was the last one to see him alive, that I know of. He had hit a wall, no idea what to do. He did not express himself because people are so stigmatized by suicide that they immediately write off anyone who is contemplating it. This cavalier attitude is why people kill themselves, because the alternative is admitting they are thinking about it. This would ultimately lead to them being more alienated. So again, if someone you love killed themselves and you consider it selfish, maybe it was, but that line of thinking is likely why they did not reach out for help. Amen

  • margie

    April 15th, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    I have had several friends commit suicide. It was never a selfish act to me. They just could not see their way out of the pain. Human life is complex. There are no easy answers. To Steve, you do have some control and power. Just by expressing your feelings on this page for others to read, you are engaging in an act of sharing and caring. There is great sensitivity in what you write. I know a definition of a loving act act which includes to behave in a caring and sensitive way. For you to do so indicates that you know there is a meaning in life that you can share with your family. I wish you well, whatever road you follow.

  • janice

    May 3rd, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    what is the impact on children if it was an unsuccessful attempt?

  • tim

    May 30th, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    my past partener and the mother of my 13 year old daughter did the unthinkable in the past days. left to pick up the piece`s and try to explain to my daughter what has happened, hard, when i don`t even understand. reading these articles has helped, thanks

  • Gwendolyn

    June 5th, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    For 44 years I have returned to therapy, as needed, after my father’s suicide (I was six). The therapy which has helped me the most is EMDR therapy. It stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. You can google EMDR to look up a therapist near you.
    The common talk therapy approach was usually painful for me and I didn’t seem to make a lot of progress. I’m not sure how EMDR works, however, now I can think of the traumatic event and it’s complicated fallout without it triggering strong emotional pain. I have had a chronic physical illness for the past six years, and after healing emotionally through EMDR, the physical illness is almost gone. Isn’t it interesting how one’s physical and emotional health are so interconnected?

  • Gina

    June 6th, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I have recently loss my x husband and he was still my best friend to suicide. We will never really know way ,but I do know that he was so u happy in his new marriage and his wife did not want him around our little girl. I will never stop wishing that i could have saved him. Please help me with any information you have on . HOW TO COPE AND BE STRONG FOR MY LITTLE ANGEL WHO ALSO HAS MENTAL PROBLEMS.I have never remarried and don’t know if I can because she is a real had full at times.

  • Stef

    August 26th, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    The fact of the matter is where or not they does of suicide, a car accident, cancer or murdered it all equal death
    It doesn’t matter if they killed themselves or not. They succeed, that just means that’s the way they were supposed to die!! That’s all, if God didn’t want them to die they wouldn’t have died.

  • scott

    June 12th, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    People over complete the issue. My kids are grown and do not need ot show much interest in me so I feel they will adjust. Life is cruel and in my case 90% of my waking hours are very painful. I am 57, retired froma career i hated, and have reised three very delightful children. iI am no longer an important part of their lives or any other family member for that matter. Life sure can change. They don,t seem to excited about seeing me or ever calling. They are all I have ever had to be extremely roud of but I still feel lucky i fathered them and was needed until they left for college. They are gone. I hate sublight as it is the start of another painful day. If I were sure iI would cause no long term emotional damage I would have calledd 911, told them to come get my organ donor card off my then dead bodyand save 3`or 4 lives at the expense of on miseable one. My best years are behind me and it will only get worse. My wife has little respect for me and is only afraid of being alone, which I don,t worry too much about. Everyone knows after 30 years if a person really cares about them. If a person is depressed and miserable 90% of the time with no reason to feel it will get better they would be stupid to continue living a life of misery. The first 55 except for an abussive father (not a dad and there is a big difference)were great but the last 4 have been EXTREMELY painful. I just want to make sure I would not ruin another persons life by taking mine and probably save others as I am very healthy for my age of 57. I’d rather repair someone elses family dreams than go on being someone of little to no value that is so miserable. My family will be fine financially and has little need for me otherwise. Good Luck To All those of you in the ultimate struggle.


  • carrie

    January 22nd, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Hi scott. I’m sorry to hear about the situation you are in and the pain you are feeling and the loneliness you are experiencing… it must be very very very hard for you to feel this way every day.

    I’m just wondering if you have ever shared any of these feelings with your daughters? do they even realize this is the way you feel?

  • Marie

    July 1st, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Hi there. I have to comment as I have just been searching for help here. You might not be the best father, but to your children and soon, grandchildren will come into the picture. Don’t miss out. Get some professional help and find a therapist to help you and your wife to enjoy life together. Don’t let the devil trick you into thinking you are not important to your children. This is a lie. He enjoys picking on your weaknesses. Find a support group.
    I will add you to my prayers.

  • Kym

    November 23rd, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    I am in a very similar situation Scott , only I am 54. Everything you wrote could have been about me but you put it better than I could have.

  • Mike

    August 27th, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    @Virginia – Many do think of the harm it will do to their kids – but when the ex has vowed to destroy the now-deadbeat father who can stop her? With no life, no job thanks to lies to courts and cops, nobody will hire him. So the real problem is when the mother denys the father any means to survive. Forget ‘living’. Get out of your ivory tower and realize now along with being denied work by employers, you guilt the man further for having others take all his options to ‘live’ away. All through free-of-charge divorce called domestic violence injunctions. No proof, no evidence – only a lie or claim.

    And you wonder why missing parents suicide. Nobody believes them. When courts are used the family is always destroyed. Eventually women will understand they can not have it all at anothers expense. And the kids pay for it.

    Women are not the victims – the kids are. In order for the kids to not suffer the attacking court-weilding person needs to be reasonable, not vowing to destroy. Unfortunately, once again, it is the kids who suffer. With women demanding more and more laws to force payment, the only option left is to suicide so the kids get their damn survivor benefits.

    Selfish ’empowered’ women. What a legacy you have chosen to leave. No wonder the USA has lost its way.

    Sincerely, one who realizes there is no way out without courst letting up a bit.

  • Mike

    August 27th, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    @TAYLOR – You say it is the most selfish act ever? Walk a day in my shoes..

    Potential employers hang up during an interview after googling your arrest photo (which was dropped – no prosecution), the ex called all your employers and references because she stole your resume, harassed family to no end and now they won’t believe me on anything and even hang up, I was middle-class now homeless living with a disabled friend. No work, no money = no child support which causes all sorts of ‘punishments’.

    Now – TAYLOR – who is being selfish? Get off your high horse and see the problem here – I was put in this position against my will by a very upset woman who ‘wants it all’ at any expense. With no place to turn, and no ability to earn moeny short of becoming a criminal – what is left?

    There is no ‘life’ without love, compassion and forgiveness. Things women claim they are but in my experience are not. I am 47 and my life is over. There were no drugs, no alcohol, no violence and no prior complains or previous problems with the law – only a difference of beliefs. Mine is ‘live and let live’, hers was ‘win no matter the cost’.

    Now the kids will never know their father so who cares if I am around or not? Not my fault. Nothing I can do. No way to earn money or even eat.

    What is left? You say call 9-1-1? What will they do – jail? No thank you would rather die in peace then live in hell.

    I have waited 4 years for her to grow up, but no luck. Now you know not all suicides are nutjobs.

  • GoodTherapyAdmin

    August 28th, 2012 at 1:53 PM


    Thank you for sharing here; it sounds like what you are facing is extremely difficult and you are understandably frustrated and angry. If you need someone to talk to, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is staffed with volunteers 24/7 who will be happy to talk with you at any time. They have access to a variety of resources. Please call them at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY:1-800-799-4TTY). If you are in crisis or feeling hopeless, we have more information available on this page of our website:

    We wish you the best.

    Kind regards,
    The Team

  • Sam

    August 30th, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    My father hung himself when I was 3…I don’t think it was a selfish act as much as an angry one…I can only imagine he was trying to hurt the people who had hurt him so much throughout his life..his parents, my grandparents. And of course it was selfish to the family and children he left behind, but I think of it more of an angry act than a selfish one.

    The biggest pain for me was growing up after that in an emotionally unsupportive environment. With an emotionally distant and unsupportive mother. I had to manage my mother’s emotions as a kid, instead of being able to process my own.

    The most important thing for anyone with kids who have to go through this tragedy is encouraging the kids to feel whatever they need to feel…sadness, anger, grief. And the surviving parent needs to process and heal their own emotions around the event so that they can properly support their kid going through the process. My mom, 30 years later, still denies her emotions around my father’s suicide, and throughout my life this has caused me more pain and suffering than the suicide itself.

    A kid needs an emotionally supportive environment to process the impact of what happened…a kid needs to know that what they feel is OK, it is OK to cry, it is OK to be angry, and a kid needs a therapist who is experienced in helping kids through similar traumas. Otherwise he will likely carry the pain with him for his whole life, and be likely to do the same thing that his parent did.

  • Cashla

    August 31st, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    in my experience of an ongoing (30 years) health condition that, because i’ve lived with it for so many years, can’t be a) that bad or b) difficult to live with because i have for 30 years. so due to health cuts, my desperation, long waiting times, lack of medication to suit me (serious allergy to opiates and NAIDS) means that i cannot see a future for me and my children. articles like this tell me to waiting until my youngest is 18, thats 11 more years of pain, but i guess by then they will well and truely understand that my future = pain. my children need me, but they don’t need a parent who cannot cope with living in their own body, who is terrified of leaving the house incase of an attack, who can’t have their friends over incase of an attack, who sometimes has to drop what ever i’m doing to rush home because of an attack … or worse not be able to come home.
    i am short tempered, sometimes i can’t talk to them at all due to the pain and discomfort, other times i’m so depressed that i fail them and watch their love for their once perfect (in their eyes) mummy, to a horrible shouting bitch that just looks a bit like her because of pain, misunderstanding, being caught and lost in systems …
    but hey, who would wish that on their children? that would be the selfish one no?
    i’ve phone the samaritans who suggested i try someone else … my gp maybe … gp says take some pills, but dont overdose. now on yer bike, we have sicker people to see.
    i want my childrens lives to take off, as far as i can see, i’m hindering them.

  • Haley

    October 24th, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    My father committed suicide when I was 7. I am 31 now and the anger I have always felt is still there. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, you’re children will not forgive you if you kill yourself. My father was going to be arrested the next morning. I guess he thought that it would be better for me and my 3 siblings if he was dead. It is the moat selfish thing anyone can do. You’re children will never get past it. My youngest sister was just a baby when it happened and she is struggling with the why now. I guess a parent can rationalize that the kids would be better off. They aren’t. You are depriving them of something they need and will never truly get past.

  • K

    March 9th, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I completely agree, I’ve struggled with my fathers suicide for 16 yrs I was 10, I am still and will always be affected by his actions, the way I am relationships fear of abandonment , need for control ect. My advice if you would like it let go of the anger by choosing life I believe that in order to choose life you have to choose to forgive anger makes you bitter and that will effect you so much more and you will pass his issues and then your issues on to your children. Break the cycle choose to forgive and choose to not allow his actions to burden any more of your life.
    I wrote him two letters several years apart let them go in the sea, the first full of mixed emotions anger, hate, love, sorrow ect, the second simply…………….. I love you, I forgive you, sweet dreams and believe me my dad was not a good person so this took me years to get to this point. But I chose to feel love in my heart not anger.
    India arie song opened my eyes, I woke up one morning with the chorus in my head, never really listened to the words before so checked it out and funnily enough it had been 15 years since he had died………

    One shot to your heart without breaking your skin
    No one has the power to hurt you like your kin
    Kept it inside, didn’t tell no one else
    Didn’t even wanna admit it to yourself
    And now your chest burns and your back aches
    From 15 years of holding the pain
    And now you only have yourself to blame
    If you continue to live this way
    Get it together
    You wanna heal your body
    You have to heal your heart
    Whatsoever you sow you will reap
    Get it together

    You can fly fly

    Dark future ahead of me
    That’s what they say
    I’d be starving if I ate all the lies they fed
    Cause I’ve been redeemed from your anguish and pain
    A miracle child I’m floating on a cloud
    Cause the words that come from your mouth
    You’re the first to hear
    Speak words of beauty and you will be there
    No matter what anybody says
    What matters the most is what you think of yourself


    The choice is yours
    No matter what it is
    To choose life is to choose to forgive
    So shake that weight off and you’ll be ready to fly


  • Ted

    September 9th, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    No Taylor. Your the one thats pathetic.

  • Taylor

    May 25th, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Justifying the choice for a person to circumvent duty, is pathetic.
    Did you know that nearly every human on the earth thinks about suicide occasionally?
    Telling people that sometimes it is unavoidable or necessary is pathetic.
    Fight, Fight, Fight the urge to quit.
    Fight the need to end.
    If not you have quit on every person that fights for you.

  • john dow

    September 25th, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Taboo and selfish

    Suicide is selfish, and fits right into the selfish culture we live in. It’s incredible the things that humans can rationalize and justify, virtually any action, access denial, murder of innocent people (in war times) ,etc . I could go on, the hypocrisy is undeniable. Many behaviors that are simply wrong, are still legal. The survivors could simply lie to the children until they reach the age of 18, unless you’ve
    never lied to your kids before to serve your own selfish ends.At least with a successful attempt you will not have any more regrets.

  • JM

    October 8th, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    My father committed suicide when I was 5 and my mother lied to me about how he died. I later found out the truth when I was 12 from a friend. Trust me, lying to your children is not the answer. It hurt even more to know that my entire family had been lying to me for almost a decade.

  • K

    March 9th, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    They only lied to protect you, that’s a beautiful thing xxx

  • john dow

    September 25th, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    You would not blame a victim of heart disease, stroke or a any other disease of dying, why would you blame a sufferer of depression of submitting to suicide? THINK ABOUT IT!

  • Mike

    October 30th, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    @HALEY –

    What you are describing is exactly what I do NOT want my kids to go through. So please let me share with you what I would care to guess is near what your father was going through before he decided to take his own life.

    Getting into such a bad situation is something many parents fail to teach their kids how to avoid. Mine never did beyond moralistic criticism.

    When parents disagree, many women today are so empowered to get control over a man they will lie to courts/cops to get what they want. The violent ones get what they deserve, however according to our own government, 90% of Domestic Violence Injunctions are against first-time offenders who had no prior arrests. This is so common today and any divorce lawyer will tell you get one as it is free.

    Once the courts are involved it is game over and only a matter of time until the non-custodial parent, 95% of the time it is the father, succumbs to suicide. Where you seem to be stuck at is WHY??

    Though I doubt you want to believe this, women have a proven track record of changing a painful memory into one where they are the victim. This is the view and source of every woman today who is ’empowered to destroy’ any man who crosses her. Piss off a woman and your life is over?? Yes.

    Your own expressions here are exactly what happens when kids are denied the truth. My guess is your father tried everything he could to recover but with the ‘system’ on his back he was not able to. Government is what drove him to be set for arrest the next day, and when faced with the choice of jail-for-life for failing to pay court-ordered child support or suicide – he chose to go out on his terms not the governments or a uncaring ‘system’.

    I myself face the same situation – denied work because my uncivil ex decided to lash out so badly by calling all my former employers and family and now nobody will give me a break. I have not been able to get work in this awful economy and that is why. The courts do not care why – they only say ‘pay or go to jail’.

    Your mother may be a strong person in your eyes but until you can see past her claims none of it is her fault too, and that she could very well have done something about it, then you will never get over the anger.

    I was given a 2-month reprieve on being arrested for the same non-payment as your father while I continue to start a company with a venture capitalist, which of course will take care of any arrears. If that fails – I too will choose physical death over jail-for-life.

    In the end Haley, if you are angry and not able to let it go, it means what you have been told is not 100% true and accurate. Finding out that truth is a painful process and can rip apart family ties as nobody wants to take any responsibility for their part in anothers death.

    If your father left his death up until the day before being arrested – I can assure you he tried and felt so badly for what he was about to do. And now you hate him. Exactly what an ’empowered’ woman wants – to get away with ‘legal murder’. And you are paying her price.

    If you do get to the truth, eventually you will realize we are all human and will do anything to survive. Your father had no choice left.

    To all others, this is what happens to kids, hopefully mine will not suffer as much if I am brought to this point in a month, but this is what happens when a custodial parent is selfish and thinks only of herself, not the kids.

    Start being civil and the kids do not suffer. If reading Haleys hate towards her powerless father is not enough for you than maybe after your kids start acting like her and suffer their own issues later in life you will feel regret. If not then you brought it on yourselves.

    Govt statistic: Demographics show up to 40 years old is almost 50/50 men/women. After 40 years of age, more women survive than men, changing to a 57% women/43% men mix by 50 years of age. Suicide by men are 4 time that of women over 40. Most male suicide is due to child support problems.

    Something to think about.

    Hang in there Haley – against you will you have been thrown in to the middle of your parents disagreement and are suffering because of it. Talk to a therapist, not just your ‘strong’ mother. She will lie to protect herself even today. A therapist will not.

    The truth – is out there. You just have to find it.



  • Blank

    November 6th, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    If anything ever happens to my daughter. I will definitly end it all with out hesitation…Enjoy ur beautiful broken world

  • Mike

    November 9th, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    @BLANK – Nobody ever enjoys a broken world. Why the sarcasm?

    Civil parents do not let differences affect their children. Cruel pathetic ones do. If I had anything to say in the matter, and clearly the cops/courts/feminazis ignore my provable facts, then my kids would not be suffering non-payment or lack of love from their father. Dead people can not defend themselves. Children have only one-side to hear, and the victor gets away with murder.

    If you deprive a ncp access, your kids will suffer the rest of their lives. Your choice, your (and daughters) delayed consequences.

    Enjoy your beautiful broken mind.

  • carrie

    January 22nd, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    How is your comment relevant to the topic of this thread???

    Really? ??

  • Kym

    November 23rd, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Hi Carrie , I would say that Mikes comments are every bit as relevant as most females comments on the “selfish” word. Why is it that women do not ever want to accept the truth? If we could stop the cause of suicide then there would be no effect, just sayin.

  • sarah aydın

    January 7th, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    ı am a 48 year old female ı lost both my father and uncle to suıcıde ı was aged 8/10 my mother dıed some years later not frm suıcıde she was a vıctım of domestıc vıolence from my father at the age of almost 12 ı was fostered my foster mother was a chıld holocaust survıvor she subjected me to severe emotıonal abuse and told me many tımes that ı would end my lıfe the same way as my father. ı have been ın vıolent relatıonshıps wıth men that have suffered vıolent abuse as chıldren they were all unfaıthful and left me. ı have always managed to pıck myself up but ın the last two years have been sufferıng wıth anxıety ıt ıs very crıplıng at tımes but ı want to beat ıt as ı feel ı deserve a better lıfe ıt ıs dıffıcult as ı have lımıted support but ı know ı am worth more than thıs….

  • nikki

    January 14th, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I have read every single one of these entries. I was trying to get info on what committing suicide will do to my children. I have three beautiful angels 5, 3, and six months. I have struggled with major depression since i was 10 years old. I’ve had PPD after each child and it’s been particularly worse after the last. I am on meds, which dont seem to help. I honestly think that I will be setting my children free, sacrificing my life is worth it for them to grow up with a more stable parent. There is alot of love and support around for my children. I know that they will be taken care of. Hopefully they will understand when they get older that their mommmy was very sick. i can’t help whats wrong with me, ive been on meds for 13 years, i tried committing suicide several times as a teen. i get no support at all whatsoever from the people in my life which makes this even harder to deal with. so before u people say suicide is totally selfish, take a walk in my shoes. do u know what its like to hate yourself? to look in the mirror and wanna gouge out your own eyes because you hate what you see? do you know what it’s like to be so “sick” that there is no way to stop the pain. Ive done therapy, counseling, meds, ive done it all. ive done the emdr therapy and i dont have the money for ect or i’d try that. my husband is unhappy but wont admit it, he loves me only out of obligation. im just tired. im tired of feeling so helpless, so worthless, im a burden to everyone around me. im tired of my family having to walk on eggshells around me, then whispering about “my condition’ behind my back. i tell my husband all this that i out here and all he says is i dont know how to help you. i bookmarked a page on our laptop for him to read, “how to cope with a depressed spouse” that was four months ago, he never read it. im all alone in this and if im gonna be all alone, then why be here?

  • Jackie Praed

    January 19th, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Your children need YOU, their mom, because if they had the choice they would pick you without hesitation over any other parent. No one else can love them like you do because no one else nurtured them inside their belly for 9 months until they were safely born. No one else can take your place, no one else is good enough. I have had depression most of my life, I’ve tried to commit suicide many times and I have been admitted to psychiatric hospital too. Depression is emptiness, loneliness, despair and it damages your soul. It gives you the wrong perception of the world around you, it clouds your mind and obscures your view. Whatever you are feeling right now is just a feeling, it is not a fact. Feelings are not facts; feelings are tricks your mind plays to make you think you are worthless. You are so worthwhile, I bet your children and husband adore you but you cannot even take praise from anyone, can you? Whatever the reasons were for you getting depression in the first place, remember that depression is a place your mind puts you when it feels it has to escape reality. But, I promise you that depression is a far WORSE place than reality. You can beat depression, because you have beaten it this far, and your children need you ALIVE for the rest of their lives! Take care, hold onto hope and it will give you strength. Talk to your husband, help him see your despair and he might just turn into the rock you cling to during the loneliest hours. Take care, Nikki x

  • Kate

    January 19th, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I DO know EXACTLY how you feel and what your thinking!!! And Im grateful to find someone out there that can relate and not freak out. I constantly believe that my beautiful daughters and mother would be BETTER off if I killed myself/’went away forever.’ I have tried almost every med, been hospitalized many times and DID have ECT! Which not only didnt work but caused severe permanent memory problems. In the last year, so many bad bad things have happened…mom dying, husband fed up and divorcing me, hes also seeking full custody using my mental health issues as reasoning, then i started medicating with substances, and on New Years…I totaled my car and got DUI…i was arrested which was the worst experience ever! Point is…i was suicidal as a child–let alone now!!! Look at all the harm i keep causing everyone!! Also, im hopeless and so tired and scared. Maybe we could exchange emails or something…thought i was all alone

  • Whelmed

    February 9th, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I can tell you that even at 45 years old a child feels unloved and abandoned at the suicide of their parent. Please please please do not put your children through that. I can guarantee you it is hell,

  • Nikki

    January 21st, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    The morning I posted this I had made my mind up that I was going to OD myself that night. It felt right, it was finally the right day, i felt so happy and free knowing that i was going to set free myself and family. Then I found this page. reading alot of these stories saved me that day. I NEVER want my children to think that I didnt love them enough to stay around. i never want them to grow up angry and confused because of my actions, I don’t want to damage them. My kids are the reason my heart beats. if i killed myself then their pure innocent souls would be forever scarred. i love them too much to do that to them, ever. @ jackie, thank you. your words are very inspiring. i know that my “disease” controls me and i just have to keep that in check. Ive been to the dr twice since that day and will be seeing a counselor each week then a psychiatrist. so maybe i can get something to work. @ kate, i’d love to talk to you. having someone that understands means alot more than you think. sure you can email me anytime, i dont care that we dont know each other, that makes it better, lol, no biased opinions.
    For the ones that shared your stories of your parents suicide, i am so sorry that you had to go through that. But please know that reading your stories made me change my mind and I’m still breathing.
    Thank you!

  • Jen5

    February 11th, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Killing me slowly…
    Have a hubby that everyone loves and two gorgeous daughters aged 12 and 9.5. Just cant do this anymore. I have PTSD, Anxiety and Panic Disorder, Depression, Agoraphobia and Social Phobias. I used to have a great career until I had a breakdown 9 years ago from workplace bullying. I worked for the company for 14 years and they just turned their backs on me. I felt hugely betrayed and hurt and my life has been a downward spiral ever since. I have been on over 65 anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medications and CBT etc but nothing works. My doctors don’t know what to do with me, my husband doesn’t know how to handle me and I am just a burden on everyone around me. I just can’t do this anymore. I can’t do it to my husband. I can’t do it to my girls. I can’t do it to all the people who have tried to help. I see in their eyes how I disappoint them and I just can’t do it to them anymore. I love them too much for that. Does anyone know the effects that a parental suicide will have on children that age? Is it just short term? I know people will initially be upset, they will say they should have all done more, that I should have reached out for help etc but soon enough they will say it was inevitable and it is a release for me and my family. So can anyone help with the question regarding the girls?

    Re: Killing me slowly…
    I can tell you the effects on your two girls will be a life time there is not short time grieving when you lose a parent to suicide You set them up with the same coping skills that they too will see suicide as a way out. Instead you hun hold on to their love you fight for not only YOU but themok show them there is other ways to cope. CBT DBT therapy ECT treatment hun you do not give up on YOU or their love ok don’t sentenced them to life time of sadness don’t pass on your pain
    It is the only reason i have not left iwill not destroy my children by leaving i will just endure the sadness untill it is my time to go

    Much appreciated

  • Sick.and.tired

    March 17th, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I will write letters to my kids explaining why and reassuring them that it wasn’t their fault.
    People who have never felt like this are exactly what I thought..ignorant, cold hearted, judgemental and they don’t understand or believe what we feel.
    It is not selfish when you kill yourself FOR your kids.
    No matter how many years go by I am always going to feel like this.
    My kids really would be better off without me. They are being damaged by my depression.
    My partner is worse at parenting than I am even with my depression so I need to wait till they are old enough to look after themselves but I don’t think I can.
    My life and theirs would be 100% different without depression.
    I am too tired to work. Nobody likes me because I am so negative so I have no friends.
    I am jealous of the mums that don’t have depression.
    I hate everybody.
    I can never finish anything which makes me dependant on my partner for anything that involves money. My children need money to live.
    I am worthless, just a burden to society and my family. I am a dissappointment to my father. I have ruined my partners life by having children with him. My depression has ruined his life. I make him unhappy because I am unhappy.
    There is no hope of anything getting better or changing because it has been like this for 17 years and I am only 28. I am so tired!!! My children will probably feel like this too since my parents and siblings do too.
    Why did I give this life to them?
    You can only act happy for so long before you snap or give in..
    I just wish I could be happy, go to work, make friends, play with my children and ‘feel’ and enjoy it. I feel numb or pain ALL THE TIME!! Everyone judges me. If I hear “the power of positive thinking” one more time…
    I am very dumb too so if I did get cured I couldn’t do anything anyway. I forget people I have known for years.
    I wake up and I wish the day was over. Life does go faster now..I’m wasting the years and I know I will regret it and have guilt about not enjoying it more but I can’t change that.
    You wake up with energy and excitment or at least with a feeling of peace wondering what you will do with the day. I wake up wanting to die yet you say I’m selfish. It’s because I’m not selfish that I don’t want to inflict them with this. You are selfish for not caring about your loved ones enough to stop to think that you might be hurting them. At least somebody loves you. I have nothing but pretend love because I am so ‘negative, morbid, ugly inside’ and apparently selfish

  • admin2

    March 19th, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Dear Sick.and.tired,
    It sounds like you are in crisis, and we want to provide you with some resources that may help! If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, in danger of hurting yourself or others, feeling suicidal, overwhelmed, or in crisis, we encourage you to do one of the following immediately:

    • Call your local law enforcement agency (911);
    • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room;
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY)
    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is equipped to take a wide range of calls, from immediate suicidal crisis to providing information about mental health.
    You can call to speak with someone who cares; call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself; call to find referrals to mental health services in your area; call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you’re concerned about.

    Please know that if you are international the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline might not be able to help you, but you can still go to your local law enforcement agency, and go to your nearest hospital.

    We wish you the very best!
    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • K

    March 9th, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I believe through experience that they will be more damaged by your suicide, than your depression I believe it is selfish because my father would rather pass his pain on to a child than feel it himself. Please find strength in god, ask your angels to guide you, love you and give you strength x

  • Gemma

    April 1st, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Your kids will spend their lives wishing you’d waited til they could tell you your worth.

  • Tav

    July 2nd, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    My son is nearly 15 and I know he loves me very much and I love him. But I hate me. Just as I tried very hard to keep my marriage together until he was older (my wife left when he was 13), I am trying to stay alive until he makes it to 18. I don’t know if I can.

  • Christine

    July 11th, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I have a 6 month old baby girl. Her father killed himself over his 2nd ex wife and losing his children from that marriage through a recent divorce when I was 4 months pregnant. He came to me to live as he had no place else to go when she kicked him out. I think he accidently on purpose made Evie because he was desperate for family. He just kept getting more and more depressed and refused medication. He spoke about how he was going to kill himself and leave his life insurance to his 2nd ex wife even though he’d promised his daughters from his first marriage who he’d abandoned for the second ex wife that he would leave it to them. I didn’t believe he’d commit suicide in the end, I though I could help him through it so I never pushed him to think about his unborn child. He just said he couldn’t think of that right now. But now my baby’s father killed himself and left her nothing knowing she was coming. Does anyone know how I must deal with this when she starts asking questions, or what to tell her so that I can prevent her feeling worthless and unloved? I have terrible problems with low self esteem and I don’t want that for my child, what do I do, how do I approach the issue with her?
    Thanks for any suggestions you can give

  • Abril

    September 5th, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Christine, have you found some help?

  • Sharyn

    August 10th, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    My mother committed suicide when I was five and my brothers were three and eighteen months old. My father remains stuck in anger and I recall being afraid most of the time. I am now in my fifties having been in therapy exhausting myself looking for answers. I have come to the point where I realise that my mother was in a great deal of pain and that it was never about me personally. I also realise that, at five, I cannot ever truely understand and that I don’t have to keep ‘paying for it.’ This is a slow process of learning how to comfort myself gently when anxiety arises. I am also learning to encapsulate my fathers frightening outbursts and recognise it as his suffering. There is no right or wrong fundamentally. I think judging it keeps me in a circle with no end. I guess all I can do is to bear how I feel and learn to nourish the traumatised child in me. It’s been a hard journey dismantling the egotisms and facing the pain but it’s worth it.
    Go gently.

  • MaryBeth

    November 13th, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Dear Friends and hurting ones…First, I want to send you love and light and prayers for peace, clarity of understanding. That being said, it saddens me that people think of ending one’s own life as an act of selfishness. It is an extreme cry for help and a sacrifice of their own future potential with a belief that others will be better off afterward. It is a belief so strong they will die for it.

    We ALL die: death is a natural part of life. Whether one is hit by a bus, dies from natural causes or takes control of their timeline, death is never easy for those left behind. There is trauma in sudden death of all types. There is survivor’s guilt even at the end of long illnesses. The false guilt and manufactured belief of eternal punishment is harmful to all. We come into the world, we live, we die, we return to the Universe. If we so choose, we come back to learn more lessons. Yes, it is a decision that we must each make… sometimes the Hell is the life a person lives NOW.

    The older person who, after raising their children, finds no rest or retirement, experiences declining health and financial stressors, perhaps an emotional exile from their family (for whom they gave their all)… may choose, whether sick or not, to end things on their own terms and shorten suffering. It is not much different than physicians giving sick patients massive amounts of pain medication known to depress respiratory centers to cause death. We do not call that murder. It is not a sin. It is considered empathic and kind. I believe we need to change our paradigm.

    As a parent to many children, grandparent to many more, who begrudgingly remained in a bad marriage to finish raising the kids, I gave up everything. For a while I separated from my children’s father and had a life of my own, successfully raising some of the children myself. It was a better time.

    For their sake I returned to where their f anther was. We experienced more pain, drama, crises and catastrophes of every type, every kind imaginable. I sold my home (from when I was on my own) and gave everything to the children per their needs. I bought a life insurance policy a while back after careful consideration of the fine print.

    My children’s father is a sad excuse for a man and was a cause of many of the problems by being as wishy washy as a cold fish, with the backbone of a worm.
    It is he that the children love because he exposed a completely laissez faire style of non confrontational parenting with no standards, no consequences and no expectations. I beat my head against wall for decades.

    My physical health is excellent, but my life energy is gone. I wish all of my children well. Some are fine (only the ones I raised independently), others are not, because of the lifestyle with their father. 34 police calls, 4 SWAT raids, immeasurable violence, drugs, illegal activity and promotion of a thug mentality topped with a hefty dose of entitlement. I can no longer help them, have no respect from them, and am so done with them that I am ready to give them what they really want.

    The ‘good’ kids who are now on their own life paths know how much I love and adore them, how proud of them I am, and that I will always be with them in spirit. They also have each other…an immutable support system.

    My plan is in place, I am finalizing detailed preparations, and I am tying up all loose ends. There will be nothing for any of them to do nor worry about. I will provide for those who have need, and I will give freedom to the others.

    I have tried to teach them life lessons. They have watched grandparents die off…some suddenly, others inhering pitifully. They have had friends pass unexpectedly, and understand the cycle of life. They will not be the ones to find the remains (which shall be properly prepped to minimize traumatic viewing), and will need to make only one phone call to handle all arrangements. My spreadsheet and database are on my computer desktop, my bills are paid, my funds and possessions distributed and forms prepped for closing down a minimal number of accounts. This has been in place for a long time, and no one knows about it…obviously my name and email are for convenience only. My passing will appear as a natural cause secondary to an unfortunate environmental accident.

    When I go, it will be because it is one of those junctures that each of us have during life when we can decide to leave. I am ready, my family is ready, and I will leave behind no unnecessary pain. The good in my life has been passed to those who will carry on with honor and strength of character. Some have chosen other paths and must walk those paths on their own. We can not live nor choose life or death for anyone else.

  • GT Support

    November 14th, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Thank you for your comment, MaryBeth. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • K

    March 9th, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I think your children have gone through enough pain please do not be the one to cause them any further pain, that is the selfish act. It’s not okay to leave them with pain and issues because you don’t want to feel yours anymore, completely selfish.
    Your past sounds horrific and I send you peace love and healing but please it is your past, not your present and not your future. It’s unfair to burden your children’s lives and grandchildrens lives. Seek help find god ask your angels for guidance they will only intervene if asked. Xx

  • donna

    February 20th, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    I found this site looking for what a mothers suicide does to a child. I have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and OCD. with some therapy I realized I have been depressed since I was 12. That’s 18 years. we have 3 kids and one surprise on the way.
    I know I will not be able to see all my children grow up and it makes me sad. but I know if I end all this pain they might have a fighting chance to be happy. my husband doesn’t get it and probably won’t until I actually go through with it. I’m so tired of being unhappy, and feeling like a failure at everything.

  • K

    March 9th, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    My dad killed himself when I was 10 years old and he burdened me with his issues, teach your children that no matter how bad things get you stick together and get through things in life, seek professional help and never leave them with the pain that my dad left to me. You may think that your hard to be around at times but that’s nothing compared to the burdens you would leave behind if you went through with this! It’s unfair and selfish and will effect them throughout their lives far worse than the effects of living with a mother who suffers with severe depression.
    I wish I had been enough for my dad to want to stay here for and his actions and selfish way out has effected every area of my life please find strength, seek professional help, it’s ok to say “I’m not ok” things will get better. Please try meditation, (YouTube) type in …..chakra cleansing and balancing ask your angels and spirit guide every day to intervene, guide you, give you strength and love x I send you healing, love and strength xxxx
    Please don’t do it to them they need their mummy, even if your a little broken now, you can heal be strong xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • linda

    September 20th, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Think of the pain jesus went through when he died for you

  • GT Support

    February 21st, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Thank you for your comment, Donna. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Still empty

    March 23rd, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    I can honestly empathize with anyone having vivid fantasies and feeling the freedom that planning or even acting out their own suicide encompasses. I too have struggled all my life with depression and suicidal ideation, and probably always will. I just turned 26, I have an 11 month old daughter. I grew up with an alcoholic mother and a step father who was straight as an arrow, but both were mentally and physically abusive. I have seen the wost of my mother but sadly do not truely know her nor do I have fond memories of her.
    My real father killed himself when I was 17 months old and I still feel the effects of it today. I will always grieve the parent, and relationship I wish I had. I will always feel empty because a piece of who I am and where I come from is missing. His death has broken the entire family up and we are stuck reliving the heart ache of it each day. So before you end your life, just imagine, how your children or loved ones would feel if they have known you longer than I ever had the chance to know my father. If his suicide could hurt me so much and I have no memory of him, imagine what the act could do to those you have years of memories with and relationships with!
    As much as either of my parents abused me, I would still feel such sadness if either would die or take thier lives. We touch everyone we meet as we go through life in some measure. Do not fool yourself into thinking that your life is not valuable and that people would be better off without you because that simply could not be further from the truth. Life can be hard, cruel and ugly, but sometimes it is amazing and incredibly beautiful. If an insect falls into a pool does it not have the will to try to survive drowning?, to fight to live? Why is it so hard for us as humans to have the same will? We are here for a reason, even if that reason is only spiritual growth we must find the courage each day to live. It would be too easy to give up and I do feel that if you would be successful you would regret taking your life, but it would be too late. I still think about ending it all when I am upset, but this is a pattern in my thinking that should be replaced by problem solving. Nothing in life is unsolvable.
    I made the decision, when I had my daughter, that I would never let her feel the sadness and emptiness I feel everyday because I refuse to give in to these dark thoughts. I choose life!

  • Monica

    April 7th, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    My mother committed suicide when I was pregnant at 23. I would not say that these symptoms disappear after age 18. It was 13 yrs ago and I still have trouble coping.

  • Jennifer

    June 14th, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    I have been thinking that suicide is my way out but then I think of my children I was molested and impregnated by my stepdad that raped me when I was young I dispose my mother and I thought I could lean on my father for the comfort but I was wrong he put me in a children’s home and left me alone I had the bastard child and started my down streak in life I was a user and and alcoholic at age 13 I didn’t care about life I tried multiple times to commit suicide none obviously successfulu thought I found the man of my dreams had 5 kids with him and one day what do I walk in to him molesting our girls I thought to myself here we go again a man that supposed to love and care for his children was taking advantage of my babies that hurt I put him behind bars for years and now I have my kids that are hurt by this and I just feel so overwhelmed with this I got in touch with my dad and stayed with him it was all good for awhile but them a day when he was drinking decided to pull me to a side and tell me he’s always had a crush on me I’m like really wtf but any who I think about suicide a lot and I am scared cuz one day I will be successful I love my kids but life gets hard at times any suggestions on who I can go for help????

  • Abril

    September 5th, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Jennifer, did you get some help? Please answer!

  • gloria

    November 29th, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Your kids need you.

  • J

    July 26th, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I’m 18, and my father committed suicide when I was 13. He did it in one of the most horrible ways–he hung himself. I still can’t think about it. I’m even to the point where I think I need therapy. It’s horrible. The worst part is trying to figure out why he did it.

  • moi

    August 13th, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I came here because I googled what effect my suicide would have on my son. I would never do this to him. I will just smoke more and die early from cancer. This world is exhausting.

  • The Team

    August 14th, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Thank you for your comment, moi. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • jen

    September 14th, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I also stumbled here after trying to find the best way to commit suicide without ruining my children s lives.

  • Support

    September 14th, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Jen. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

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    The Team

  • Becca

    September 26th, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    My mom killed herself when I was 5. Please don’t ever do it. It is such a curse on my life. She meant no harm I know but I cannot explain how deeply hurt and controlled by it. By age six, I remember holding a butter knife to my heart but not stabbing myself because I couldn’t hurt my dad and sister like she hurt us. It’s been that way ever since. I can’t have a normal relationship and have trust issues because very one I get close to moves or dies and I blame myself. I have developed disorders and fears beyond belief. I still cry myself to sleep. Before she left she took me and my sis out of schools and bought us toys and candy. And that’s what upsets me the most. She knew it would hurt. But she shoved the guilt down by trying to make us happy with stupid material things. I missed out on so much because she left. Don’t ever lie to yourself and say you can ease their pain with how you leave. Don’t ever say they are better without you. Because if you go, you burry their innocence with you. And that is somethig you can NEVER give back.

  • Georgia

    August 17th, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    My father commited suicide when I was just 12 years old… mom became an alcoholic…..she got a boyfriend that acts like a little kid and thinks it funny…I can’t just get “over” it as everyone tells me……..I just want to die and all this pain to end…..I’m lonely… moms boyfriend ruined this family… sister has moved out… two eldest brothers do subsistance activities a lot… younger brother questions what the hell is wrong with me……I am hated by a lot of people……a lot of people know me as “miss teen top of the world 2014/15…….it’s as if I have been traumatized…….all these memories come up from the past…..I just stay in bed all day and cry……cry myself to sleep……barely make it through the day at school……

  • Support

    August 17th, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Georgia. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Clare N M

    August 26th, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Hey there everyone:) My dad committed suicide when I was 16 years old, he gased himself in his car at the beach. I am now 33 years old I have suffered from anxiety, depression , anorexia, substance abuse for the last 17 years. I never onced had counselling to deal with this until last year. I recommend it highly to get professional help so you can confront this head on. No one can do this on there own I tried for 17 years and completely failed. Trauma therapy is the best thing to have happened to me. Cheers
    Clare Bear

  • trevor

    September 3rd, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I came here just to vent. To get it out. To say it to whoever will listen. I’m 27 almost 28, life is just miserable. With being framed for a crime I didn’t commit. Lucky the judge knew it but only has power of sentence. Great! Jury trial of 12 morons.. I’ve been struggling for years now and it keeps building I have no place here on earth. My life is a waste. I dwell Dailey on suicide as I feel its my last resort as a way out.. My only promble is my 6 year old dauther. I break out in years at the first thought of leaving her knowing she won’t and never will understand. Idk what to do anymore. I lost my lisence for points.. And has since destroyed my life through work and the. Onto poverty when I made good money because I can’t get around.. Relationships are always a bust and end on my account because I have . issues and obvious problems with my head. Mother and I are not together and this is ware the charges came from. An attempt to put me in dirt.. I prevailed yet constant things come up. And persistent defamation on her end persue. I just want to end it. I wanna move away. Just start fresh some where no one knows me. I can’t and won’t leave my princess but I’m not strong enough to continue living a lie of happyness for her as I have. A smile is hard to do. A laugh.. I have no friends. I’ve shut everyone out. I’ve made my gf that loved me to death hate me and I don’t know y.. I hate myself! And I don’t want anyone else to love me or care.. Most of all I don’t want my daughter to have an impact on my decision and haunt her her life when it’s only my problem and I never wanted her to suffer also. But ibknow that she is my most important and I can not let her suffer as that’s the intended idea…Sorry for the typos all..

  • The Team

    September 4th, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Thank you for your comment, Trevor. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

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    The Team

  • Sunny

    September 6th, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Do not ever think of committing suicide. I know it must of been very hard for you, but think of the people who has to live in war, and cancer. How much they desire to live longer. My parent committed suicide a whlile ago and I tell you it’s very painful. Especially, your daughter is so young. Please live just for your daughter.

  • monica

    March 20th, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    please don’t choose to leave your daughter. It will haunt her for the rest of her life. It has been haunting me for 19 years. I cry weekly. Things will evolve and get better with time and support.

  • Mary

    September 17th, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Thank you all for these comments. I stumbled in here by Googling effects of suicide on my children. Right now, I am so depressed and stressed and angry that I am a horrible mother. I truly believe that my children need me out of their lives. I have a daughter-age 5, and a son-age 10. I’m 43 and single. I’ve been suicidal for so long that that almost isn’t the point anymore. If I lose control of this fight, I will die, and my children will have no choice but to cope. I have even experienced my first boyfriend commiting suicide when I was 19 and he was 26–so I know the suffering of those left behind. I remember that I would have given ANYTHING for him to just be alive. And yet, here I am in a fight to hold on to my own life. I am fighting with meds and therapy and functional medicine and holistic medicine–anything. But I want those of you who don’t understand to hear this…this is a disease. I can not tell it what to do no matter how hard I fight or how much money I spend. It has hold of me. I was sitting here trying to think of a way to talk to my children so they can understand my deplorable behavior lately but I don’t know how or what to say to them. It’s so complicated. I imagine my 5 year old anouncing in kindergarden that her mom has bipolar depression and takes 12 pills a day, so I say nothing. I can imagine they are hurt and confused. What can I say to them? should I send them to live with someone else? Many of you went through this as children. Do you have any advice? I know many of you have said that suicide is selfish, but for me it is a compulsion that is neither selfish nor unselfish–it just exists. I’m doing my best to lessen the suffering of others and I’m very, very sorry for all of you, and my children.

  • Another overwhelmed mom

    September 25th, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I am going through the same thing. Such a sad and hopeless feeling.

  • Greg

    September 20th, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Many men die to suicide because they can no longer provide for their families.

  • anonymous

    September 23rd, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    My dad committed suicide when I was 13. At the time I handled it pretty well but I think it ended up affecting me later on (I am 28 now). I have a very difficult time with getting out of romantic relationships that I know aren’t healthy. My therapist says I have “fear of abandonment.”

  • Tad

    January 18th, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    I too have a terrible fear of abandonment. My wife has been threatening me with divorce for years for all kinds of issues. Now that she’s finally filed, I am devastated. I figured it was coming eventually, but eventually always seems to be another day. I want to run away, but in doing so, I’d be abandoning my son. Instead I flirt with hanging myself.

  • The Team

    January 18th, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Tad. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • anonymous

    September 23rd, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Mary – My dad was bipolar and delusional. He ended up killing himself in his late 30s when I was 13. At the time I had a restraining order against him. If he had just taken the time to get on medication and get healthy, I would have let him back into my life. I just knew I couldn’t have him in my life until he got better. But I wish he wouldn’t have killed himself. I wish he would have realized that I still loved him and got better for me instead of giving up.

  • Squat

    September 23rd, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    I’m divorced father of two beautiful girls age 8 and 5. I haven’t seen my daughters since June 2012. That’s over two years. When I try to call their mother won’t answer for Christmas nor Birthdays. I pay over $2700 a month in child support, as a result I’m homeless have lost my career and gave up custody and visitation. When you can’t feed nor clothe your children, it’s best give up. I’ve been suicidal for years as I haven’t seen pictures of my kids since 2010, nor allowed to skype with them. Alcohol now numbs my life, but not daily. I suffer sightlently, and contemplate surviving without my greatest joy in life. I’m so tired

  • KTP

    September 25th, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    Squat- please read my post. You inspired me to write this. I actually thank you because gmive never written my emotions in all theae years. Very therapeutic for me. I only hope my post will help you in some way as well. Be at peace my friend, live for your beautiful girls. Dont make them go through what I can guarentee they will go through. Do what you have to do, hire an attorney to get visitation rights, show up at their door every saturday for the next 5 years if thats what it takes. Dont give up on them.

  • Mickie

    September 25th, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I stumbled across this site because I was needing help coping with the effects of my ex-husbands suicide. I saw your post and I cried. Please listen to me…. It will all be okay. You are a valuable person and your you were given is a precious gift from God. You do not understand the effects of what you are thinking.

    My story…. My ex and I divorced, he lost his job, couldn’t pay bills, starting drinking heavily and shot himself in the heart. We shared three boys together. My oldest son was the first to find his dad and tried to perform CPR, while my other two sons remained outside in the car, not knowing what had happened. I had to tell my youngest son what happened and seeing his reaction to the tragedy haunts me every single day. That happened on April 25th, 2012. My children and I are still not over it. Everyday we are left asking questions of why? Or blaming ourselves in some way. My children have nightmares and my oldest suffers from post traumatic stress. I watch my children cry to this day and live with their nightmares. Our lives are completely changed because of what he did. I feel that our lives have been turned upside down. I know in my heart it was a mistake for him. He loved his children very much, but the drinking got the best of him.

    Please listen to my advice. First, get help for your drinking. Go to an AA meeting. These are free. Next, pray, go to church, build a relationship with God. Talk to someone… A friend, family member or Tell someone how you feel. There are so many people who can help. That is what I believe we are here for…. To help others. Not hurt others. I promise you if you take these steps things will get better. I am begging you….don’t make the same mistake my ex did.

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  • jerrin koyams

    November 14th, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    My ex husband commited suicide nov. 25 2013. We had 3 young children ages 11,8,4. He never got over our divorce from 2 years ago. Im terrified my children will grow up and blame me for leaving him. Im also afraid that they may someday find out about the arguement (via text) that he and I had the night he died. We were married for almost 10 years (I am 30 now) and he was my best friend even after we divorced. I miss him like crazy…as do my kids…he was an awesome father. Im so worried about the effects this is going to have on my kids later on in life

  • Lindsay

    December 22nd, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Your story is very similar to mine, my husband and I had been together for nearly 15 years and on November 5th 2012 he shot himself. We have 3 kids, at the time our son had just turned 12, and our 2 girls were 8 and 4. Him and I were separated at the time of his death, the night before he killed himself we got into a huge argument, we had spent the weekend together, I took the kids and left, the next morning he was gone. Everyone has blamed me, I blame me, I’m just waiting until the kids get a little older and then I’m sure they will too. It’s been incredibly hard, I wonder if it will ever get better.

  • gloria

    November 29th, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Your words were encouraging to me. My story is similar to yours and at times, especially today i feel overwhelmed with sadness. My kids will never have a dad around again and it hurts me so much.

  • KTP

    September 25th, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    My father committed suicide when I was a 14 year old girl, my brothers were 6 years old and 25 years old. I am now 24. Didn’t effect my younger brother too much, as far as I know or can tell. My mother remarried within a few years, and my stepfather thankfully was able to fill that void for my younger brother. As for myself and my older brother (who was raised by my father, but is not biological his)…. well it has been a rough road dealing with this for the past 10 years. I had a wonderful childhood. My dad was very involved and a good provider, even though he came from a very torturous home, and had a terrible terrible childhood. I believe that had a huge part in his suicide. Having a parent or a loved one commit suicide is quite possibly the hardest thing someone will have to go through in their lifetime, so for anybody that has a child, mother, father, brother, sister, wife, husband, friend, etc. I beg of you to rethink it. Please seek counselling. You will never know the effect (both obvious and underlining) that taking your own life will have on your loved ones, for the REST of their life, every single day. I have gone through so many emotions through the years, lots of anger and guilt… mad at my dad for doing this to my entire family, mad at my mother for divorcing him 2 years before his suicide, mad at my mother for moving on with her love life, mad at my younger brother for not being nearly as affected as myself and older brother. 10 years later I can recognize that I never was mad at my mother, brother, step dad…… I was pissed at my father for leaving us and also very confused… I just wanted my dad back and these were the people I could easily blame. Then the anger turned into guilt. Guilt is a terrible thing to live with, simply said. Thank the Lord that I have such an outstanding mother, that kept things together for me and my brothers through the tough years after his suicide… many children that have a parent commit suicide are not so lucky, accoridng to the research I have done. After some time, I thought time was healing the wounds I had carried for so long… only to look back at it now quite differently. I believe lived most of my teenage years/early twenties allowing myself to be a victim of this tragedy. I’ve ran from wonderful men who loved me and treated me like a queen (the way my father treated my mother, my grandmother and myself) , only to chase men who lie and treated me like complete shit. I’m terrified of abandonment, not just from men but close girlfriends as well. I have an explosive temper with the people closest to me. So even though im scared of being abandoned I tend to push people aa far as theyll go, once they cant go anymore they want to leave and I beg and chase. I have never seeked counseling (besidea a short time in my teenage years, pretty soon after his suicide) but I plan to one day soon. I have still done fairly well for myself, as my two brothers have as well. I’m educated, have a good job, have had the same friends for years and years, and make new ones often. I have been in commited relationships for long periods of time. Im not defending my fuckedupness(best word) but im makong it clear that my life was not by any means totally fucked up. But yes, if my father hadnt commited suicide I strongly believe not only my relationships but my self esteem, my temper, my commuincation…. so many things would be different. Its like being apart of a secret club…. the “someone I loved committed suicide club”…. and unless youre apart of that club you will never fully understand that I mean when I say that.

  • lexi

    November 12th, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    My father committed suicide when I was 6 years old, I am now 29 and lost my younger brother to suicide in December (he was just 22) You will probably never see this, I haven’t even checked when you posted your comment… I just want to say, thank you. You are the only person I’ve ever believed “gets it”

    Take good care of yourself x

  • P

    November 27th, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    I completely agree with lexi and the above and have continued to do the same sort of thing within relationships for the past 11 years. I am extremely lucky I have 2 beautiful sons that make life wonderful. But it is still so painful and emotional. My mum commit suicide when I was 18 and my brother 6 similar to above my brother does not seem too struggle with this we had an amazing father who it has taken 10 years to move on from my mum as he believed he could never love again after her. I know for my mum she thought it was the best option for all if she was not here due too the dark depths of depression she was in. She tried so hard too fight it but in the end it won this was not a selfish act and I would argue with anyone that it was what she thought was best. Suicide has played a large role in our family due to other family members also taking this route (my mums brother 8 years after her) but I feel
    No guilt or anger just pain it just hurts still all this time after. Suicide would never become a option for me as I’ve dealt with the aftermath for the last 11 years and I could not do that to my children I went through the motions after at first I ran away too another country for years pretending to myself that she was still at home, then I came home and struggled with actual reality an mourned and now after therapy, a close family and my children I just miss her. I have no questions or doubts I just mourn and reguarly discuss this with family and friends to try an release it. X

  • carrie

    February 9th, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Thank you KTP- for sharing your story.

    What you wrote sounded very similar to the ways that I have played out my life and the types of relationships/men I repeatedly get involved with.

    I am terribly sorry about your father taking his own life. I always worry in the back of my mind about the people I care about most, either dying (from disease or in an accident) or by them committing suicide.

    My fear of abandonment drives me to act and behave in ways just as you have described-extremely quick temper, pushing those closest to me farthest away, while instead feeling much more comfortable with people who treat me shitty and whom I am not afraid to lose. It is almost as if I pick peoole who treat me like shit because it helps minimalize the ongoing pain felt from losing someone to suicide. Getting treated with no respect feels almost good since it is is less painful than losing a loved one to suicide, but similar in terms of the level of internalized damage and sensevof worthiness caused by ongoing mistreatment and emotional abuse.

    Having bad relationships Is like a safety blanket (or addiction), protecting me from ever having to experience those feelings of loss/grief/pain should the person I am involved with ever leave, die, or commit suicide….because I never truly loved or cared for that person anyways.

    It’s like I go through life knowing there is (or at least there was) a happy, loving and positive person inside of me, but never being able to show that side of me anymore.

    It’s weird trying to put into words how I feel or what I am want to say….I think you understand. Thanks for showing me that I am not the only one feeling the way I do & acting the ways I have (and still continue to do unfortunately).

  • DP

    May 6th, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Thank you KTP. My husband’s dad committed suicide when he was two. He has 6 sisters and his mom. We’ve been together now for almost six years and what you describe you did is what I feel he does all the time. This is our second marriage and I want to make this work but lack of communication about our relationship, lack of emotional intimacy, anger and burst of anger directed at me (nothing physical or abusive), a depressive cloud hovering over him all the time… I feel like he’s been depressed all his life and is stuck and won’t really consider help or therapy. I want to be happy and it’s bringing me down. I Plan to research where a spouse can go to get help for this. I’ve gone to counseling but have not found a resource that can really help me and potentially him with this. I will stay optimistic and go on runs which always help. Thank you so very much for sharing.

  • Amanda

    September 27th, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    I am 40 years old married with 4 kids 12-1. I have a very good professional job and a new house, what else could anyone ask for? I am miserable. I want to died ever single day. I have suffered from depression since 14. I have tried every medication and been to a dozen different therapist. I just don’t feel that anything works. I am losing hope.

  • Amanda

    September 27th, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    I constantly feel my kids would be better with out me. Whether I kill myself or runaway. Just trying to decide which.

  • GT Admin

    September 28th, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Amanda. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • gloria

    November 29th, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    I have been in your shoes and it can feel bad. Just know that this world needs you.

  • kelly

    November 5th, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    f this website says pray for me or get into prayer another time I think I’ll puke. What happens to those that don’t good pride for? Do you think they don’t get healed? What happens to those that get millions of prayers and don’t get healed what someone didn’t answer the millions of prayers

  • lexi

    November 12th, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I’m not saying suicide is the answer… I just dont think anyone can judge or berate people that must have believed there was no other way. I lost my father to suicide when I was 6 and my little brother in december (he was just 22, I am 29) The pain I feel at the loss is at times unbearable, but I ask myself, if I’m hurting this bad, how much were they hurting to take it that far.
    If you are contemplating suicide, I beg of you to seek help, be honest, give your loved ones at least a chance to help you through… Things can get better, I would give anything to tell my father and brother that. It truly is a massive cross to bear

  • gloria

    November 29th, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I understand how you feel. Sending my love.

  • MamaC

    November 19th, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    I came to this site trying to understand what might little girl would have in store for her. She is two and the only reason I am still on this earth. I love her so much. I look at her and my heart feels like it will burst with love. But, I am drowning. I have health issues, an employment situation that makes it difficult to get the care I need due to lack of paid leave. We barely make it as it is. Disconnect notice for electric bill last month and haven’t paid the bill this month. I can’t afford mymedications and the holidays are coming and I know it will be another year thaw I can’t afford presents. I cry all of the time and she tries so hsrd to hug me and comfort me. I fail her every day. She deserves so much better than me as her mother. I keep thinking, she’s two. She’ll forget me and will be okay. I can’t live like this anymore. I’m so tired of trying and never getting anywhere. I just want her to be okay. I think I will damage her more in the long run by continuing to be her mom. She’s so good and loving and I don’t want to ruin her and I know I am.

  • The Team

    November 19th, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Hi MamaC,

    We received the comment that you submitted on our blog earlier today. Thank you so much for visiting If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, in danger of hurting yourself or others, feeling suicidal, overwhelmed, or in crisis, it’s very important that you get immediate help! You can do one of the following immediately:

    • Call your local law enforcement agency (911);
    • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room;
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY:1-800-799-4TTY)

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is equipped to take a wide range of calls, from immediate suicidal crisis to providing information about mental health. Some of the reasons to call are listed below: • Call to speak with someone who cares;
    • Call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself;
    • Call to find referrals to mental health services in your area;
    • Call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you’re concerned about.

    If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can call your local hotline and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) (TTY 1−800−787−3224)

    RAINN provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through two hotlines at 800.656.HOPE and Whether you are more comfortable on the telephone or online, RAINN has services that can guide you in your recovery.
    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline: If you need support, call 800.656.HOPE, and you will be directed to a rape crisis center near your area.
    • The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline: is the first secure web-based crisis hotline providing live and anonymous support through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging.
    • For more information visit

    Warm regards,

    The Team

  • gloria

    November 29th, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    All that little girl wants is her mom. There are programs to help with christmas. She needs you and you need her.

  • Esmum

    May 27th, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    I am similairly in the same boat as far as my daughters age. She is 13 months and I worried I am going to completely mess her up either way by staying or ending my life. She is such a good girl, I just need to know if she will still love me and forgive me when I am gone.

  • Bo

    November 22nd, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Hello all. I’m 44 years, a husband, and a father of two; a girl (11) and a boy (9). I have placed my family in a very bad financial situation, which there seems no way out of. I’m college-educated and had only one year left to finish a seminary degree to be a pastor. Now, I’m not in seminary and I just received a letter stating my student loan is in default. Several years ago, we lost our home to foreclosure and we are on the hook for $35K. I send resume after resume and still nothing. I have been depressed since I was 12 years old due to my parent’s divorce and my father leaving us. I guess I have never gotten over the rejection. I am on medication, see a biblical counselor, and was hospitalised for a week. I would go back, but we just can’t afford it. I’ve reached the point where I know the how and the where I plan to end it, but I’m not certain of the when. I’ve lost my faith almost entirely. What does one do when the hopelessness and pain of life becomes greater than the hope and love in/for life? I’ve researched and researched what affect this will have on my wife and children, but I can no longer see any other option. I can’t make a business or organisation hire me! I am saddened by the prospect of my impending suicide. I am writing and rewriting my “note” to explain the best I can. I hope it will help a little bit.

  • The Team

    November 22nd, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Hi Bo,

    We received the comment that you submitted on our blog earlier today. Thank you so much for visiting If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, in danger of hurting yourself or others, feeling suicidal, overwhelmed, or in crisis, it’s very important that you get immediate help! You can do one of the following immediately:

    • Call your local law enforcement agency (911);
    • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room;
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY:1-800-799-4TTY)

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is equipped to take a wide range of calls, from immediate suicidal crisis to providing information about mental health. Some of the reasons to call are listed below: • Call to speak with someone who cares;
    • Call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself;
    • Call to find referrals to mental health services in your area;
    • Call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you’re concerned about.

    If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can call your local hotline and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) (TTY 1−800−787−3224)

    RAINN provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through two hotlines at 800.656.HOPE and Whether you are more comfortable on the telephone or online, RAINN has services that can guide you in your recovery.
    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline: If you need support, call 800.656.HOPE, and you will be directed to a rape crisis center near your area.
    • The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline: is the first secure web-based crisis hotline providing live and anonymous support through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging.
    • For more information visit

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Red

    November 28th, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Hi Bo
    Please talk with your family. I came to this site because my father killed himself when I was 12. It has been 30 years and I still struggle. I also suffer from suicidal ideation and have to remind myself of my loved ones everyday in order to not do it myself. I really hope you get the help you need and I know your family cares more about you than your circumstances. If you do hurt yourself you may be setting your children up for poor coping skills as they go through life. It is a much better lesson for them to see a parent struggle and still stay around and show unconditional love.

    I came across this site by chance so I may not know if you see this response. I can honestly say I know how you feel, but I can also let you know that my father’s suicide has left me with the thought that it is an appropriate response to bad situations. I am sure you wouldn’t want your kids to take their lives so please talk with your family. I care about you and I hope you get the support you need. Things may not get better but keep those you love close to you. All the best and God bless. I will pray for you.

  • gloria

    November 29th, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Pray and pray some more. Your kids would much rather have financial burden than to have their world fall apart. My kids father commited suicide. Your kids need you. There is other options.

  • Hannah

    November 25th, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Hi, I’m a 25 year old female, and my mother committed suicide when I was 6, she had bi-polar disorder and even though now I am very much aware that it was her mental illness that caused her to die, it doesn’t change the feelings you have of abandonment. As a result of this my relationships with other people prove to be quite difficult, I have an ingrained sense that I don’t deserve love because as a child my mothers suicide had convinced me that she didnt love me enough to stay, and now i will always feel that im not worthy of love. I had a great dad, and he remarried and I was raised in a really loving environment. To all of the parents that have come here with the idea to end your life, the little girl, the daughter in me is begging you not too. Please don’t kill yourself, seek help.

  • Anonymous

    March 8th, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Thank You!

  • Imjustme475

    August 19th, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Thank you so much. I want to commit suicide but I have three kids and I will never want them to feel I didn’t love them enough. Hope you are doing well

  • The Team

    August 19th, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Imjustme475. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Anonymous

    November 26th, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    My dad killed himself when I was 13. I made it though the rest of my childhood fine but at 18 I realized I was an adult woman without a father I made poor decisions and slept with too many men who undoubtedly used me. The whole time I was just seeking love and now I am left feeling empty and like I am not worthy of real authentic love. I have a wonderful family, advanced degrees etc but this dark void of losing my dad is something that will haunt me forever.

  • lexi

    February 9th, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    This sounds a lot like me when I was younger, my dad committed suicide when I was 6 and I went through a terrible phase with men right through my teens. I am now married to a wonderful man and I have 3 beautiful daughters… Never lose faith in yourself, you live, you learn and you never know what happiness feels like til its right in front of you.. and going through dark times makes you appreciate happiness so much more. Take care.

  • Della

    March 10th, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Thank you for sharing your success. I have lived through a decade of bad decisions, and have now found some peace. Bless you for sharing your story.

  • MB

    November 28th, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    I’m 36 y/o male. Father killed himself last year after a very long battle with alcoholism that eventually lead to health deterioration to the point of overwhelming pain. We begged him for years leading up to his death to get treatment but he refused.

    My sister and I suffer from ptsd, horrible nightmares and plaguing depression as a result. I can’t even maintain friendships or relationships anymore. I feel as if my emotions have been turned off.

    I have no doubt this will effect me for the rest of my life.

  • gloria

    November 29th, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I feel the same way

  • Monique

    February 27th, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    I’m 34, and on March 1st it will be the one year anniversary of my father’s suicide. It blindsided all of us. My mother (his wife of 33 years), my brother, and I are all crushed. In the past year, I have driven away my family, my friends, and nearly my husband. Some would think after a year we would be better. I find that we are all much worse.

  • MoniicT

    April 13th, 2015 at 3:52 AM

    I have 2 kids age 18 & 20 yrs old. & a loving husband. But my PTSD & depression has been very challenging for pass 4 years. I have been very suicidal and near death several times. Through your post, I now understand how my suicide will affect my children. Thanks for sharing.

    God bless & do love yourself more.

  • william

    December 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Reading most of this blog makes me realize I am not alone with my feelings of wanting to end the pain. I was diagnosed as bipolar at 30, most likely started when I was around 20 according to my Mom.

    I have had 7 serious depressions in my life, all directly to my actions while in my manic phase. When I come out of being manic I clearly see repercussions caused by me. Each time I was positive I was going to die. I am 53, in massive massive debt, awful at my job which absolutely requires perfection with complex decision making skills. My mind has caused destruction at every point of my life. At no time have I been stable or really happy.

    I am in that horrible place once again. Only this time I have an amazing 8 year old son who deserves a normal great life. I never thought I’d have kids as he was not planned, however I love him deeply.

    I have had 2 bankruptcies, 3 failed marriages, 7 other relatively long relationships, and have realized over and over my bipolar controls my actions and thoughts all the time. The pain and frightening thoughts of all actions caused by me on every level has me hopeless as anyone can possible be on earth.

    I want to end the cycle and pain. Anyone who says it’s selfish has never been in this place I’m in. Reading everyone’s posts I realize what it will do to my son and family. It will also deeply affect people I know all over the US and most countries all over the globe. And yet, severe debt, repeated depressions over 30 years, never a normal period in my life, an amazing 8 yr old son….none of that seems to me to come close to my pain.

    Until you are in others specific shoes, sometimes therapy, drugs, logic, all go out the window.

    I could write a book. But it will never change a thing. Just thought I’d add my two cents.


  • The Team

    December 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Hi Will,

    We received the comment that you submitted on our blog earlier today. Thank you so much for visiting If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, in danger of hurting yourself or others, feeling suicidal, overwhelmed, or in crisis, it’s very important that you get immediate help! You can do one of the following immediately:

    • Call your local law enforcement agency (911);
    • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room;
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY:1-800-799-4TTY)

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is equipped to take a wide range of calls, from immediate suicidal crisis to providing information about mental health. Some of the reasons to call are listed below:
    • Call to speak with someone who cares;
    • Call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself;
    • Call to find referrals to mental health services in your area;
    • Call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you’re concerned about.

    If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can call your local hotline and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) (TTY 1−800−787−3224)

    RAINN provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through two hotlines at 800.656.HOPE and Whether you are more comfortable on the telephone or online, RAINN has services that can guide you in your recovery.
    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline: If you need support, call 800.656.HOPE, and you will be directed to a rape crisis center near your area.
    • The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline: is the first secure web-based crisis hotline providing live and anonymous support through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging.
    • For more information visit

    Warm regards,

    The Team

  • Mary S.

    April 8th, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    I agree. The mind is extremely complex. Medicine is practiced not mastered. Pray for (or send positive vibes to) your child. I make people feel uncomfortable, angry and annoyed. People I like. I’m so afraid of being hurt I sabotage relationships all the time. I hurt each time. Do you love yourself? Do you like yourself? Try to find out who you are. Be the person you want in your life. I have not accomplished this. If you come up with any good ideas please share with us.

  • marissa

    December 22nd, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    my dad killed himself when i was 3. i dont really remember him at all but me and my mom got along pretty well. but now that im a little older i am feeling a lot of different feelings about it and just wondering constantly what its like to have a dad. i have a stepdad that has been in my life since i was 8 but he isnt such a nice man.

  • ryan

    December 23rd, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Just thinking more seriously about doing it, but want to somehow insulate my kids. Wife won’t care.

  • Lilly

    February 9th, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Ryan, I feel the same way, want to shelter my kids from it but husband would be better off. Maybe I’m bipolar, everything is a disorder these days .

  • Corey

    January 1st, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    I am 45 years old and I have a beautiful 21 year daughter that I failed horribly, now I have a wife of 15 years, an 8 year old son and a 4 year old son. I lost my business, and in turn am separated, going on three months now. Today my wife and boys are visiting and all I can think of is just ending it completely, the doctor says I’m bipolar and all that bs. Nothing really matters anymore, family wants me to go to treatment again for the 59th time, I just don’t see the point anymore. Today I’m feeling especially feel like the walking dead without the dead body. I used to think my boys wouldn’t be able to handle it, but I think they’ll be okay, I wish 8 would of done the job right when I was 14 years old, then I wouldn’t have to worry about my kids and wife and how they’ll be, just can’t do it anymore. Hope everyone else has a better outcome than mine.

  • The Team

    January 1st, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Corey. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Mary S.

    April 8th, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    I am as sick as a dog and I am in pain like my image of hell. BUT. There is no pain free way out. Yes people will be hurt. We want what we can’t have. So people will mourn you and you potentially set up the future for your decendents. I don’t want that for myself but I know it is a risk. It isn’t selfish but it is self centered. It would be nice to have a community of people to talk with and not spread our negativity on those who deserve peace. Focus on those who suffer, maybe you can help them while forgetting about you. When you feel good enjoy it all the way. When you feel bad, distract youself. If I could send good power your way I would. It is possible for bad things to dissipate. The best to you.

  • MJL

    January 14th, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    If you think all suicides are selfish acts you have never been suicidal or paranoid to the point that suicide was better than living through the brutal punishment that you believed would happen to you if you didn’t commit suicide. Yes suicide is devastating and the hopelessness that a suicidal person goes through when thinking that suicide is their only option are emotionally horrible, but you cannot judge all suicides or attempted suicides if you have not gone through what the suicidal person is going through. Every suicide is not the same just as every mental disorder is not played out the same if everyone that has the illness.

  • Aunt Robin

    January 14th, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    What about a child who’s mother took her life when he, the only child was 18 but sheltered him so much that he seems stunted at age 15. He acts like a now 19 year old in many ways but doesn’t want to work, go to school or get help. I’m his aunt and he now lives with us and our 3 children and I’m at a loss on how to help him when he won’t seek help. I cannot take him to a therapist because he’s an adult, I can’t force him to get a job…..etc.

  • Carrie

    January 16th, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    In response to #17 about the impact on children of a parent who makes unsuccessful attempts….

    It HURTS! It hurts forever to imagine the pain your parent is in. on the child it is utter turmoil… every day waking up or going to sleep wondering if today might be the day that you lose your parent because that parent may decide they dont want to be here anymore…unless of course, hopefully, someone is there to stop the act or to save that parent from/during the act of trying to commit suicide.

    It is ongoing worry to the child who has to go thru this. And for me, how can you experience ongoing worry day in and day out, without also experiencing resentment and anger as a direct result??

    My mother was suicidal all thru all of my high school years (and possibly/probably before then as well). She ended up staying on lockdown in the mental hospital at least twice for a period of time. She was literally locked down to her bed, unable to reach anything such as pencils or cutting objects, or do anything to harm herself. It was very sad to see her like this. All in the while, the main question running around my head: WHY?!? WHY WHY WHY? YOU ALMOST CHOSE TO LEAVE ME FOREVER…HOW DOES THAT LOOK TO ME ABOUT MY FUTURE IF MY OWN MOTHER KILLS HERSELF????

    It seems like there were many of her attempts that I rudely interrupted in some way. One time I broke down her bathroom door because she had plastic bags wrapped around her head with rubberbands. It became something I always worried about, that at some point I know both me and my dad began to feel like, “just do it already!” because of this ongoing agony every day not knowing but hoping that mom would not try to kill herself that day.

    Today my mom is okay. She is still alive and has gone through YEARS and YEARS of treatment but she is living her life successfully and I think happily for the most part. We have had several talks over the years about whether or not she was still at risk of suicidal behaviors. And she has promised me that she is okay now. I think I believe her for the most part.

    As for me, I hate to say this and I feel guilty when doing so, but I hate my mom for implanting in me a permanent sense of distrust and worrying that I almost always feel in every event for all aspects of my life. I can not definitely blame my mom as being responsible for tainting my feelings, but her actions did make a deep dark impact on my soul.

    My best friend/man I wanted to marry and have kids with one day also attempted on many times to commit suicide (is that ironic or coincidental or just me?). Sadly, my best friend was successful and he killed himself about a month before he turned 21. I was 15 days older than him and I had already turned 21. Now I am almost 40, and still not a day goes by without his memory causing pain to my heart and tears to my eyes…I hate him for leaving me. I loved him so much.

  • josh

    February 12th, 2015 at 2:47 AM

    Thank you

  • Mary S

    April 8th, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    When we leave, we leave once. When we are alive we cause constant pain. People like us should be educated on not having children or making friends we may later hurt. Your friend that died once. Please try not to repeat the death by mourning the rest of your life. In his death, there are some good things(your life free of his illness). So don’t make them your prison. Had he lived, you both would pass hurt to the children you may have had.
    You do not have the depression. You are reacting to it. I wish for you to not adopt the issue as your own. You are to be happy and free. Allow brief moments of sorrow then breath new life into your heart. If you harbor the feelings too long they may stay with you. You Will be happy.

  • Lamar C.

    January 21st, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Noone in my family has committed suicide but ive been in a financial strain for 15 years and there is no hope and now suicide has become the only option
    I love my kids but if I can’t support myself how can I support them ive tried to commit suicide on 2 different occasions being depressed and im getting bolder wit my attempts im scared for myself and children and the people tbat love me I just dont kno what to do anymore

  • The Team

    January 21st, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Lamar. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • I will always be your mother

    January 29th, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    My daughter took her life this month. My heart aches. Her husband misses her beyond words. She left 2 children that I’m very concerned about. They said she was bipolar I didn’t get it.She said she couldn’t stop the thoughts.She wasn’t selfish she was a wonderful mom and loved her kids so much.I’m not angry with her I just hurt so much and want to help her husband and very young children.Please don’t be negative to me or her by sorrow is so raw.

  • monroe

    February 23rd, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    I know what your daughter felt. I’m telling you for a fact that it’s like this inescapable and inevitable beast that follows you around. I love God, I love my savior, I have a good job that pays more than you can imagine. A loving wife and a daughter that melts my heart. I have tried hotlines, websites, a large amount of prayer and scripture, different kinds of meds but the feeling that everything… And I mean everything is overwhelming will not escape me.

    The sad part is I don’t think my wife really believes me, but I don’t bother giving her details. I don’t want to do it but like right now for example I can only see bad things. I was laying near my adorable daughter’s crib hoding her hand while she jibberishes at me and it’s so cute. But it doesn’t make me want to live it makes me feel so tremendously sad and dark knowing the impact it will have on such an innocent soul.

    It’s just that feeling that I cannot do anything right. I’m always wrong at work, good luck winning even the most basic conversation with my wife. I know I’m just a complete piece of crap and even things like my daughter and prayer and those things just add to the guilt. I have up trying to describe it to people but i am not kidding it is a demonic entity begging and convincing you at all times that you are worthless and everyone is better with you dead.

    I can hold out as long as I can but I know nobody can help me. If the Lord doesn’t free me from this demon soon it will be over… I know I can’t win alone. I know exactly how she felt and I’m so sorry you were left to deal with the remnants. the absolute pain of wanting to die even when life is great to you makes it so much harder to bear. To live knowing the only thing wrong with your life is your brain, and there is one way out is the most painful thing to understand and once you accept it into you there is no removing it. I just pray the Lord accepts me still because I don’t know if he will and I don’t know if I can live much longer with this monster in me.

  • The Team

    February 24th, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    We received the comment that you submitted on our blog earlier today. Thank you so much for visiting If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, in danger of hurting yourself or others, feeling suicidal, overwhelmed, or in crisis, it’s very important that you get immediate help! You can do one of the following immediately:

    • Call your local law enforcement agency (911);
    • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room;
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY:1-800-799-4TTY)

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is equipped to take a wide range of calls, from immediate suicidal crisis to providing information about mental health. Some of the reasons to call are listed below: • Call to speak with someone who cares;
    • Call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself;
    • Call to find referrals to mental health services in your area;
    • Call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you’re concerned about.

    If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can call your local hotline and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) (TTY 1−800−787−3224)

    RAINN provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through two hotlines at 800.656.HOPE and Whether you are more comfortable on the telephone or online, RAINN has services that can guide you in your recovery.
    • The National Sexual Assault Hotline: If you need support, call 800.656.HOPE, and you will be directed to a rape crisis center near your area.
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    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Mary S

    April 8th, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    I feel as low as it gets. However if you can put your plans off until your children grow up you may spare them the curse of the legacy. If your job pays well, maybe you can retire early and 1.Spend more time with the kids and 2.Volunteer. I pray to God you don’t feel as bad as I do. Get help but try not to drain your friends. You may lose them. You need them. Keep pouring your feelings out on strangers who will listen.
    Go through a complete detox ie. seek food allerges,dental toxicins and potential immunology issues. Make sure you habitat is free from molds or neg.substances. Now knowing how long you’ve felt bad,it may take as long or a bit longer to go through a psychological cleansing. Some PhD’s can walk you through the steps to change you peception to a positive one.This may or may not work but it does buy you time. I’m very sorry for your bad feelings. I wish no one had them. Bless you and your family line.

  • Asia

    June 25th, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    I live this daily

  • mikayla

    February 6th, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    I believe this study is very true I was 3 years old when my father took his own life but I did not know until I was 15 how he died. The first time I attempted suicide I was 8 and I was putting the dishes away when I realized all I had to do was slash my wrist and then I would be with my dad again. It is an aweful thing to grow up with only one parent and I honestly think emotionally I would be a lot better if we talked about it growing up but my father was a forbidden topic.

  • Leah

    February 18th, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Hi Mikayla,

    I just read your response and wanted to know if you have been able to deal with your father’s suicide and heal? Our stories are quite similar, my father committed suicide when I was 2 yrs. old and I’ve never fully dealt with his death. I struggle with this and I know this holds me back in life. I am looking for ways to deal with his suicide, grieve for him, and eventually be able to heal. I would greatly appreciate any advice that you may have. Thank you for your time.

  • Bart

    February 21st, 2015 at 5:02 AM

    I am soon to be 34 and have a wife and a amazing little boy yet there are days I feel like I m drowning in despair. I have been fighting suicidal ideas for the past few months and I do not know how long I can resist

  • The Team

    February 21st, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Thank you for your comment, Bart. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Bart

    February 21st, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    I have reached for help in my area I feel like its going to be a long and hard road but I have to give it a shot for me as well as my family I will take some comfort places like these exist on the net

  • Tra

    May 4th, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Reaching out to the ones who can relate & share similarities & solutions that have worked for them sometimes may be more helpful than an office where someone is taking notes & says, “see you next week!”

  • Bradley

    March 3rd, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    My uncle just killed himself today and i have been up all night looking at these websites. He left behing 5 kids and a wife you do not know how much pain yhat causes jus sit back and think of ehat you do have i know its a hard subject to talk about because u can not explain the thoughts ur havibg in words but it is bot worth it. It has left our whole family heart broken. He jumped off a bridge and drowned i can not stop thi king about what he was thi king and why he did it. Just talk to some one it will help

  • monica

    March 20th, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Please don’t! Talk to a support group! I am a 25 year old daughter of suicide. My father was your age and I was 6 when he killed himself. I still cry myself to sleep sometimes wondering why he chose to leave me. It has led to great self esteem and anxiety obstacles I have had to overcome in my life. You may not feel it, but your presence is the greatest gift you can give to your child in life.

  • Monique

    February 25th, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    My father fell into depression after a bad financial decision. He could not get his faith in himself and his life back. Suicide may have been his soul plan, but it has been incredibly hard on my mother, who is only now truly moving on (after 40 years!). She was left w my brother and me when we were 4 and 2YO, but even worse she was heartbroken. He was the love of her life and she blamed herself for not being able to hold onto him.

    If you feel you MUST commit suicide, why not look for a manner in which your potential death will save another’s life. Stop to help strangers in need. Defend someone being mugged, harrassed or abused. Offer low/no-income public-housing persons rides when they need ’em.

    You may leave this world, as you wish. You may find you have 9 lives. Or you may find meaning and value from taking these chances and decide you want to live afterall.

    I deal w anxiety and depressive episodes, and I find that it is reaching out to others that helps me stay centered.

  • bluerthanblue

    March 20th, 2015 at 3:49 AM

    Oh I am so appalled at the all the expert opinions condemning parent suicide. It is so apparently clear that you have only ever been on the other end – the receiving end and I grieve for you but never ending feeling of worthlessness, unable to look in the mirror, devoid of any hope, knowing deep down in your heart of hearts your children would be freer and happier without you that’s not selfish that’s the ultimate sacrifice. Don’t judge until you’ve been that low and unable to claw back up. We need understanding not judgement – please. We beat ourselves up all day everyday we don’t need any help.

  • The Team

    March 20th, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Thank you for your comment, bluerthanblue. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Mary S

    April 8th, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    I have had these thoughts since 7th grade. I have tried to leave twice and backed out. My regret now would be the greed I possessed to have children. I am going to ask my daughter if I can go. She will probably say no…but at least I would has asked.
    Another problem I have is fear. I have the pills.I keep them with me for comfort. I am not productive. I say things that hurt, confuse, and scare people. These are people I am fond of. I don’t know that I am doing it. Antidepressants can’t correct this kiND 9 problem. I am so ashamed.I am a Christian and know it is wrong not to appreciate what Jesus went through for us. I am capable of helping others but I am consumed with painful thoughts. This feeling goes back as far as I can remember (6yr.) I am 52 and realize I could live to 100…I can bear that. If you are able to overcome your pain that would be great. I don’t think any of this is anyone’s fault. Some people are wired up this way. I knew a girl that was wired up to be happy. Good luck to you.May positive things come your way. It is so refreshing to know that someone understands the unexplainable.

  • Jules

    April 4th, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    To those who have the obsessive thoughts to remedy their pain by ending their life I’d like to share with you what has kept this obsession at bay for me. I too once spent hours and days and months searching for anything that would help stop the voice inside my head, our voice is self talk, and we repeatedly feed every negative event or frustration or pain with the thought of death, it becomes a remedy, an escape from it all. you can beat this but you have to make a decision to do so and this may sound too simple but everyday make a list of what you are grateful to have, anything….your phone, legs, sunshine, the idea is to train your thoughts to looking for a positive rather than a negative. And parents close your eyes feel that pain and now imagine your child going through the same only worse because their parent couldn’t stay for them. This is what helped me, oh and when u feel bad go help someone who’s worse off.

  • Minerva

    April 10th, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Thank you, Jules. I really needed to hear that right now. I feel like I’m trapped in my misery and I need help to find a way out of it.

  • Moniic T

    April 19th, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Being depressed is not just in my thinking. It’s my mood/emotion issues. So seeing or knowing someone worse off than me doesn’t makes me a happier person. I still lend a helping hand whenever I can, but The mood will still drop after awhile. For me getting out of bed, out of house is already a daily struggle. Standing up for myself is the furthest goal.

  • Matt

    April 26th, 2015 at 1:10 AM

    I am emotionally destroyed inside, my 24 year old Son committed suicide July 15th, 2014. I am a mess.

  • Timmy

    April 16th, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    After having read this and other articles I know I can’t take my own life. It would mess up my children too much. I don’t want them to grow up fatherless like me. What sucks though is I’m trapped in this life out of obligation even though I don’t want to be here at all.

  • Moniic T

    April 19th, 2015 at 10:51 AM


  • Jack

    April 17th, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    I lost my dad to suicide when I was 4 and I am now 15. I dealt with it pretty well most of my childhood but it has recently been in my mind more and I rarely go a day without getting upset about it. I don’t know why this is and I would appreciate some thoughts

  • Moniic T

    April 17th, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Hi Jack. I had similar issue as urs.
    I Thot I got over it. Until 4 Year ago An Incident Trigger My memory And ALL Past Jump OUT Like A Pandora Box being open, Which CAN NOT Be Close Any More.
    I needed psychological therapy until now.
    Hope this makes sense to u.

  • Aaron

    May 14th, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Jack you have saved me, my little boy is 4 and I’m very close to ending my life,
    I’m not allowed to see him till it goes to court and might not see him till 5 months time and I can’t wait that long.
    I don’t want him to go through the pain when he’s you age too.
    As I’m typing this I feel a lot stronger and what is 5 months wait compered to a little boy with out a dad.
    Thank you jack.

  • Jill

    April 17th, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    To Jack,
    My father died when I was four years old as well. It was not suicide, but he left my mother with three children aged 5 and under. I remember the day like it was yesterday and I am now in myt 50s. On that day, Thanksgiving it was, I saw almost all my relatives in states ot total shock and despair. I was silent. I watched them. I didn’t cry. But I threw up after eating too many carrots. And I threw up every school day when I was taken with other kids in a car to pre-school. There, they wouldn’t let me play gym because I was ‘sick.” I’ve been dealing with it ever since. It is part of my life. And I am sure what happened to you, resulting from your fathers’ death, is part of your life that will be with you always. It will have less and more importance at different times. You could well have PTSD on some level. Not to assign labels. I believe I developed this not from my father’s death, but from my mother’s early death which involved a very long cancer death. If you want to explore your recent thoughts, perhaps you might find a bereavement group near you or discuss it with siblings and/or family who experienced it as well. There is nothing wrong with remembering a person who was significant in your life; certainly nothing wrong with curiosity. Suicide seems to raise questions and answer none. I can say this, though. Having gotten as far as contemplating it myself during one period in my life . . . you can be sure your father’s suffering was UNbearable and beyond the ability of almost anyone to understand. Good time to explore your feelings. I only realized my father’s death was the result of a very stupid decision (to go sailing off-season) when I was in my late 30s. Good luck. 8)

  • Tra

    May 4th, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    You’re a smart girl Julie! You’re absolutely right! Xoxo for that!

  • Tra

    May 4th, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Jules…. Sorry!

  • Moniic T

    April 17th, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    I want to know what kind of impact will be on my kids (now 18 & 20 years old) If I commit suicide?

  • Lisa

    April 25th, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    My youngest daughter took her life 2 years ago. She was only 15. I don’t understand and thought she was happy. She had lots of friends, she made good grades, was beautiful and through my eyes she was amazing and had a great life. She excelled at everything she tried. She amazed me everyday. She was better than anyone I’ve ever known.
    Losing her has destroyed every single thing I’ve ever known as true and real. It’s been 2 years and there are no answers only very long days.
    She is gone and I’m here. I don’t think life has a purpose or meaning. I think we are products of procreation only. There is no God or afterlife. I pray for death but it doesn’t happen.
    I won’t take my life because I know what losing my daughter has done yo me. I don’t care if I die, but I won’t make myself die.
    That I don’t understand. I know every single inch of my body, heart and soul is is in pain. Even the blood flowing through my veins is painful.
    You can look at me and see my sorrow. I don’t understand how I can hurt this ungodly amount and I count inure to endure, and my daughter looked and acted happy, but one day decided to die.
    I don’t understand.

  • Tra

    May 4th, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    You just inspired me to stay strong even though my reason is gone as well :) Lots of love to you!

  • Tra

    May 4th, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    You just inspired me to stay strong even though my reason is gone as well :) Lots of love to you! Keep in touch for us both..

  • Aaron

    May 14th, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Reading this made my cry, I’m a 42yo male with a Beautiful daughter 20yo and a 4 year-old son. I’m not allowed to see my son due to my fault family violence (verbal) and it is killing inside, haven’t seen him for two weeks and close to ending my life but I don’t want my little boy without a daddy.
    You are a strong woman to survive what you have through.

  • Chris

    April 26th, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    I’m looking for some advice, but first I’m sorry for all your losses, I can’t speak for everyone but please know that your parents almost certainly loved you very much, they didn’t want to abandon you but they thought you would be better off without them.

    I came here looking to see if there’s anything I can say or do (well, put in a note) to help my kids deal my suicide.

    I want nothing more than to get better and be there for my kids, watch them grow up etc etc. I used to be a good dad, a fairly successful professional, but after 8 years of unemployment and depression at the age of 48 I realize I will never get better, never work again, and never be able to be the Dad I want to be or give them the lives they deserve. In the meantime I’m just sucking up resources that should be theirs. So it’s time to end it, for that and many other reasons.

    I guess I will write that I love them very much, I loved being with them and I’m very proud of them, they did nothing to cause this and there’s nothing they could have done to stop it, I’ve just been very sick for a long time.

    They shouldn’t worry that they’ll get sick like me, depression doesn’t run in our family, I just had really bad luck and too many bad things happened at once and I couldn’t cope. Mom will make sure you see a therapist, dont be afraid or ashamed to tell them everything that’s bugging you, they’re there to help.

    Anyone have any other suggestions? It’s taken me hours just to write this.

  • The Team

    April 26th, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Hi Chris,

    If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, in danger of hurting yourself or others, feeling suicidal, overwhelmed, or in crisis, it’s very important that you get immediate help! Information about what to do in a crisis is available here:

    Warm regards,

    The Team

  • Tra

    May 4th, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    I agree! But, when you’re a parent and don’t want to lose the only one/ones you live for,.. how do you get help??!?! My sons’ 23 in a few days but I know from being a 16 year old single mother, graduate, Bachelors Degree in Busines with no family or support, help what so ever and lawyers & family members trying to bring you down but lose everytime! The point is… How can someone who needs help not be afraid of getting it?!?!

  • Tra

    May 4th, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    I meant they lost every time. I’m spiritual. I lost my identical twin when we were 8 and she taught me so much! YOU HAVE TO FIGHT THROUGH THIS WORLD TO GET TO THE NEXT!!! DONT GIVE UP!!!

  • Kim Gorgoglione

    July 20th, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    First of all, go looking for helpers such as a pastor or a licensed counselor or psychologist. And promise yourself not to quit.You may need to visit several before you find someone you can talk to. And then go and talk. If you don’t have the insurance for professional help then ask for a special rate. Borrow the money from a friend or relative if you have to. Also, begin to regularly attend a church and go to the men’s group. Tell people you are hurting and you need help. Then, find a method of exercise that works for you. Get out in the sun and walk. Long walks. And don’t be afraid to sweat. Next step is to volunteer at that church in some capacity whether it’s in the kitchen for Wed night suppers or coaching a kid’s soccer game. Actually, ask the pastor if you can visit the sick in the hospital or the homebound. Get busy saving your life and tell your kid’s how much they mean to you and how much you want to get better. They will respect and admire you. In time, you will feel better and your life will improve. My father committed suicide and I wish he would have taken control of his life. When I have difficult times in my own life, the measures I have given above have worked for me. Now get going.

  • C

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I noticed this post and that it was old. I hope that you are still here and have found some peace and recovery.

    Your post was heartbreaking.

    There are no words you can ever write that will replace who you are or that will satisfy the feelings of loss someone has when they’ve loved and lost.

    I pray earnestly that you will exhaust every avenue available to help you navigate through this darkness. For your family. For yourself.

    I may not know you, but it sounds that you love your family deeply. You may think you’d be helping them, but that would be untrue. If you feel helpless, then perhaps you should realize that it’s time to entrust someone else who has the experience in helping.

    I wish you healing.

  • Chris

    April 26th, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    And I’d add I’m very, very sorry I’ve let them down, they deserve better.

  • MissyRee

    April 29th, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    I stumbled upon this website while looking for stories about people who can recover from making terrible mistakes in life. I’m currently in personal crisis, potentially facing serious fraud charges. I made a terrible decision, and am unsure what the future holds. The guilt and shame is too much. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for many years, but have never felt this bad. Everyone around me is trying to reassure me that it’s not as bad as I think, but I cant see it that way. I think about my beautiful 10 year old son, my beautiful man, and my family…and how they would be completely heartbroken if I left them. But it still doesn’t stop the thoughts of wanting to end it all. I don’t want to feel this way forever, but feel that I am unable to face the guilt, shame, scorn, backlash if I was to ever be charged/receive criminal conviction. I lost my Dad in an accident when I was a teen, and that will affect me for the rest of my life. I know what it’s like to lose a parent, so why can’t I stop thinking about ending my life? I’m exhausted.

  • Jess

    April 30th, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    I understand.Ive atattempted a few times and landed me in the hospitaL I lied of course saying it was an accident. I feel like things will never be better. I keep thinking… Well if I go ahead and do it now,my kid won’t remember at all. . which would probably be better. Stories of someone are all always better than the real thing right? I haven’t because I am afraid of what it would do to my family and friends. I just dont know if I am meant to be here.

  • Artsygurl67

    May 22nd, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    do not commit suicide cause as so many people in all fields, they all will mess up. Make mistakes then cover then up all the time. I’m sure my doctor isn’t suicidal cause he almost killed me last year after my routine appendectomy and won’t care when I sue his ins co. Get into a good church if you don’t have a dog try to have family help you find a rescue puppy they are free or cheap and love you unconditionally. As far as your charges try to get out of it as much as possible. Focus on those who really know you and love you. Of all the things you are, one tiny mistake in this increasingly insane world makes you NOT who you are so try to block it out. Pets are proven therapy as well as soothing music, hugs, massage walks in nature, watching comedy, be good to yourself! I hope this helps, I feel better and I’m slightly suicidal myself- different reason

  • The Team

    May 26th, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Thank you for your comment, Artsygurl67. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Nobody special

    May 5th, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    What if a parent kills their self and make it seem like and accident, that way children don’t have to live with the fact the parent did it on purpose.i’m sure no parent wants to scar their babies for life.but some people have been scarred so badly and have no purpose to live anymore. Maybe the children would be better off without them

  • The Team

    May 5th, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Hi “Nobody special”,

    Thank you for your comment. If you or someone you care about is experiencing a crisis, feeling suicidal, or in danger of hurting themselves, it’s very important to get immediate help. We have some information about what to do in a crisis here:

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Erica

    May 8th, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    I understand what it’s like to feel all of that but when I had kids those feelings went away. At the moment my sons father is extremely depressed and talks about suicide a lot and yesterday I caught him putting a rope around his neck and tightening it while just two feet away from our 18m old son.
    My question is.. is it safe for a child to be left alone with a suicidal parent? I asked him if he could promise me he would never do that again confront of the baby and he got upset. What is your opinion.

  • The Team

    May 9th, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Erica. It sounds like your family is going through a difficult time. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • c.empathy

    May 14th, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    I think we are all as humans connected and must not judge other humans in pain even if you think their excuse wasnt as good as someone elses. How could you know this persons whole life story leading them up to that moment?
    They are NOT themselves at the time of their action. Even if they have children, they are so far gone mentally that they dont realize what they are doing. You cannot judge them as if you were judging someone with the same presence of mind as you- and this is the number one failure I see people making over and over. They dont extend kindness to those in pain, they extend vitriol. Not everyone has the resources for help. My mom was an immigrant and my dad gave her no money, education, english classes, drivers license, like a slave!
    And he was gone for work and cheated for years on and off.
    And “Taylor” PUHLEEZE dont mention jesus dying on the cross for our sins because with the many abuses my mother and I suffered at the hands of my father – I would have gladly died for his sins.
    My mother attempted suicide when I was 8 and I was left wondering if I should call for help or was this the natural wise order of things? I had never been given such power and responsibility to make such a decision. I did call the ambulance, and I am grateful my mom is alive, but the truth is that event was and always will be a black hole between us, unable to let us face and understand one another. Its so painful, that I suffer from a multitude of disorders, meds, and often want to die as well. The point is that, I am not angry at my mother. To be anger at her would be to ignore her pain. I love her unconditionally and I only wish she was the happy mom I knew as a small child, vacuuming the living room to ABBA.

  • c.empathy

    May 18th, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Thank you Aaron. I understand the feelings of suicide are there daily. Somedays they are farther, somedays they are so close you could just DO IT! When we’re in such great pain, we can’t think clearly and logically. It sounds like with some perspective and time to think around the pain, you came up with some options to better your situation. Even if it doesnt work out, there will always be another answer. If you check out, that answer will never come to you and sometimes it was right in front of your face.
    I never tell people this but for a long time being depressed, I couldnt tell if I was depressed, or was having an existential crisis, dealing with philosophy and viewpoints. There are so many philosophies on life/death that might give you peace. Philosophy is NOT psychology or psychiatry. Its much more flexible & interesting & dare I say human. It asks important questions instead of telling you what/how you are.
    Hope things go better for you now.

  • jme

    May 24th, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    I’m living with a chronic painful debilitating disease that at 39, has stripped everything away from me in life, the most traumatizing change has been that I can’t even be the same mom i used to be…have no hope of recovery or feel able to deal with the pain, the effects on my children are honestly keeping me here now…

  • c.empathy

    May 27th, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Esmum, If you are in the state of mind to even weigh this decision, you are in a place where you can get help. GET HELP PLEASE! I cant say if your daughter will hate you if you check out. And you are being very honest by realizing she may hate you anyway if she grows up with you. But, the way to beat BOTH of those horrible scenarios is to get some help. As long as your getting help, she will not hate you, she would support you.
    Even start by calling a hotline mentioned here on this site. Do you have any close friends or family who can take her until you get yourself together? Ask yourself some questions (and these are not meant to guilt or shame you) just ask yourself objectively…. would you want your child to grow up in & out of foster care? Would you want her to be exposed to abuse by others? Would you want her to grow up with different psychiatric disorders? Would you want her to wonder why you didnt lover her enough to stick around, like I did? Can you accept that she will probably have low self esteem? That life for her will be terrifying without you, sad that she doesnt know you. She will wonder what her mom was like.
    Let me tell you something about my mother & I. Because I saved her life, and because she’s my mother, we are closer than anything. We are interchangeable, same flesh & blood, and same in spirit. We are the closest two humans can be without being 1 person. Don’t you want that? Someone to love you unconditionally? Someone who understands you. Someone you are connected to forever, even after you die.
    I dont know your story but at least give yourself a chance to get better. Give your daughter a chance to love you. If she could speak she would BEG you not to go. Since she is so young you have time to get on the right track with therapy, meds, whatever it may be. Please, I’m speaking from experience.

  • okenough

    June 22nd, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    I googled this because despite all logic. Im tired and depressed. I sit here with my unruly 3 year old thinking this phase will never get better. His father is gone and I have no relief. My ex-husband of my other two live out of state. Im tired feel I can not do it anymore. I often think of checking out.. Yes it is selfish but when you get to this point its hard to care. Obviously I do not care about me how can I care about my kids. And yes I do love my kids therefore my reason for googling this topic. Lets hope its enough just for one more day to stay..

  • The Team

    June 22nd, 2015 at 7:36 PM

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  • Sandra

    June 22nd, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    my husband of 13 years took his own life leaving his only child a daughter who is now 7 he died October 22 2012 two weeks after are vacation to Disney world , my daughter up until know never talked about her daddy until tonight this is what brought me to your web sight she is crying wanting her daddy my husband was cremated I ask myself should I bury him ? Will this give my daughter closer I could go on my story is horrible long story short he tried to take her life mmmmm

  • Lenah

    July 19th, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    May I ask y ur husband of 13 yes tried to take ur daughters life as,well? And how did it nit work…I am sorry to ask, but I need the answer, so I can understand y my cousin tried to do the same, thank you and again I’m sorry for your loss

  • c.empathy

    June 24th, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    to OKENOUGH,

    I dont know what your med insurance is like, but even if you went to a family Dr,. you could get prescribed an antidepressant. Then, in the meantime, if you have any friends or family who could let your daughter stay with them until you get better 4-5 weeks, you’ll be in a much better place.
    Believe me I know. I’ve been there and I live with the ideation of killing myself. Sometimes I just have to cut myself to get some relief. I know how that sounds. But I got on an SSRI, and it wasnt overnight, but it worked for me. I went to a Dr. who once educated me on the different antidepressants, he said Wellbutrin works the FASTEST, so it kind of launches you out of depression, and then you should take another SSRI like Prozac (which has the longest, most studied history). I am so sorry you feel this way.
    I did not believe I would ever get better. No therapist worked for me. My last one told me my mother is a narcissist who will never fully love me. That really hurt. I quit seeing her. Because I know my mom who was depressed and tried to kill herself in FRONT of me, loves me anyway. I know you would not want some stupid counselor telling YOUR daughter one day, that you never loved her. She may believe it and you wont be there to tell her the truth!

  • Shea

    June 29th, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    My father committed suicide because my mum had several afford which destroyed him. He tried everything to won my mother back but she took all his children with her 3 days before Christmas day.
    My brother age 9 ran away from my mum and climbed in an open window to find my dad with his wrists both slit and blood spurts as far as the ceiling, he ran back to my mum to tell her, I ran to see what had append, I was age 12, I saw the same thing. After my dads body was removed, my mum made me wash the walls down from his blood, out the blood stained blankets in the washer and then sleep with the same blood stained blankets on my bed. My father had been dead for 3 days, the stench was awful and the blade he used and bottle of tablets were still next to the bed, I wanted to take my life at that point with the same tablets, My brother stopped me. As a result my slim and very attractive brother married a very obese lady because he was scared his wife would have affairs. I have become VERY emotionally secure because I’ve had so many knocks in life not much seems to bother me now. I occasionally feel depressed but remember that I committed suicide it might kill my brother , thats the only reason for keeping me alive. Im now 46, men drop at my feet wanting to marry me but I can’t get close to anyone or let anyone in PLEASE , if you are feeling suicidal think of the future, time passes quickly. If my dad had waited until his kids came home of their own accord we would be happy now. Sometimes I blame myself for not being nicer to him when he was alive

  • Shea

    June 29th, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    sorry some typos because of tears writing
    line 1 – afford should be affairs
    line 2 – won should be win
    line 4 – append should be happened
    some other ones but easy to understand what I mean

    Best of luck in this tough world, sometimes I lose faith in mankind.

  • c.empathy

    June 30th, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    i agree with you shea. almost nobody understands what its like to see a parent die in front of you. so many people say and do ignorant things, they almost make it worse. i admire you for being strong. i dont feel that way & i also constantly have a crisis about spiritual things/religion/philosophy. i cannot figure out what to believe. i dont have strong parental figures to look to and then i have high standards for people. even though i know people are not perfect. i just dont have the tolerance for people and stay alone.

  • Lydia

    July 4th, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    If you are thinking of suicide, first google Alliance of Hope and read what it does to those who you leave behind. The pain and suffering do not go away and is far worse than the depression and agony you suffer. You inflict this pain on those who love you. Please go there and read what family says before you consider suicide.

  • Tay

    July 8th, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I am visiting this website trying to figure out ways of dealing with my dad’s death due to suicide. It has affected me in a way I don’t know how to deal with anymore. Some days are better than others but some I am just beside myself. It has affected me emotionally and physically to where I’m so depressed I don’t want to do anything. The worst is all the “whys” or “what ifs” you ask yourself. My dad was an amazing father and was loved by so many, we all didn’t have a clue he felt this way and it happened after he had been drinking heavily one night and fighting with his gf. He has been deceased for about 9 months now and the emotions are starting to get worse not better. I am a college student that works and it affects me terribly. Please if your thinking about this terrible terrible thing, PLEASE get help. The emotional burden that you have yourself just gets left with everyone that you leave behind.

  • Deb

    August 9th, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Thank you Tay for giving us a child’s perspective.. My daughter is 5 and I think sometimes I forget the impact it would have m her

  • Shelley

    August 9th, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Hey Tay, my name is shelley im from Canada, heres my email, its hard for me to talk back and forth here unfortunately :-( and id like to chat with you (a few other too) i have a few questions and somethings to share.. this whole suicide is brand new to me as a for it being close to my heart :-( Ive lost others to suicide but NOT as close as the one i JUST lost :-( plz email me

  • Spooner

    July 10th, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    It’s much harder to imagine killing myself after reading these, so on the one hand I’m grateful. On the other hand my plan for getting out before my child is old enough to know what happened or remember me is foiled, leaving me with the same hole to fill in some other way.

    I’m a classic “selfish suicidal” in the sense that what gets me down is the future I botched. Not because I got a felony or caught cheating or anything like that–just because I fizzled out short of my expectations and other people’s assumptions for what I could achieve. The silver spoon depression, you could say. When you’re unemployed and have left your biggest job/opportunity incomplete (I’m a freelancer), you think about the what-ifs a lot. So maybe all I need is a new career, a fresh start. But that’s where the selfish thing goes much deeper. I’ve got bad self-esteem and deep brooding depression going way back. I’ve been moody all my life, and got diagnosed as mild bipolar a couple years ago. I started thinking of suey at 16, thought more about it at 18, tried to do it after my first year in college at 19, and come back to it whenever I’m really in the dumps. I agree with someone who described it as a comfort to think about dying. And in that sense it’s something you can shake with some counseling.

    But recently I’ve gotten more serious. Yes, I’m on drugs, and I whistle down the street for 6 hours or so sometimes once I’ve taken them–all in the present, not fatalistic in past/future. But I don’t care what fresh start I make, the wasted youth (that I sacrificed for a successful future!) and the tailspin psyche are not going anywhere. As I reach 40, it becomes even harder to make the new start. And that’s where my child comes in. Were I not a parent I could take off and change everything entirely, try to live more in the present, as an insurance agent in northern Idaho. But I’m rooted in a marriage, family, city, social circle that all remind me of what I failed to do/become. Final note, and this is something that people have alluded to but not said head-on, my kid’s wonderfully kind, compassionate, with a spark-plug imagination. But my God, I was a carbon copy of her when I was her age, and I see the roots of my own disease in her actions–hypersensitivity to others’ judgments, brooding, concern about looks. So teach her from your experience, you say! But that doesn’t work, because when my mother sighed about the same problems she had when she heard mine, it was no comfort. The same for my father talking about his depression. Wanting to die is about being tired of thinking my own thoughts–and those thoughts are about my past and my inability to change it. Which is what makes sleep nice and death seem not so bad.

  • GoodTherapy Admin

    July 10th, 2015 at 8:42 AM

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  • Jlo

    September 4th, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    I have never thought about suicide seriously until today, and this couldn’t be any closer to how I feel.

  • The Team

    September 4th, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Jlo. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

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  • gordonc

    July 10th, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    This study worried me. I am VERY suicidal (as a writing this a got scissors sitting beside me) and have been for long time. My son only thing keeps me here but when he was young his bio mum died of cancer. So if a do something it will he might also in later life but having a parent who died of illness also might cause him to also.

  • GoodTherapy Admin

    July 10th, 2015 at 1:53 PM

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  • None

    July 19th, 2015 at 1:18 AM

    There is power in the name of jesus

  • Donna

    September 27th, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    I’m praying your still here. Suicide is going to maybe fix whatever is hurting you, but rewrites the chapters in the book of life in all the lives you leave behind. You are inflicting all your hurt on someone else. How fair is that? Its like saying, “my life sucks,” so here, i will let my family and friends cope with it. As if they dont have their own crap. So now you will infliict them to ease your own hurts. Dumb. My spouse took his life on 08…yes life moves on, but he took a huge part of me with him. Faith in God is the only answer. If you really love all around you, then don’t do it. This difficult time will pass. If my suicode att er Mt in 1984 was successful, I would have missed out on weddings, birth of my grandaughters, ect. Stop!!!!!

  • Renee

    July 13th, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    My ex had addiction problems. A DUI set him over. Our son is 5 and crys that he wishes he could see daddy one more time and that he wishes he was there to help him with his problems. I am not mad at my ex, I understand the pain. I fear for our sons future and sense of self. His dad loved him more than anything. Tragic ❤

  • mary w

    August 8th, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Thank you for helping me stay alive for the sake of my family. I lost my son to suicide in March. He was 33, married, with 2 sons. His death sent shock waves through my family that will that will never end. The pain seems unbearable at times and I find myself considering his method of ending it. I will live to support my grandchildren who bear the brunt of losing their father. Many thanks for giving me hope and and a reason for living.

  • kath

    August 10th, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Just learned my friend committed suicide. He leaves behind 15 yr old daughter. She don’t know her dad’s dead. She asks me if I’ve heard from him. I don’t want to tell her by email her dad’s dead. Her dad’s ex wife kidnapped his daughter and it started his downward spiral. He threatened to take his life and did. How do I respond to her email.
    If she cries, her mom, who divorced her dad will want to know why. I don’t want the mom to hit her daughter again. Do I get the law involved in this? I dint know what to do.

  • Aaron

    August 19th, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    I thought my life was terrible and a month ago I was thinking of committing suicide leaving behind a 20yo girl and My little 4yo boy that I’m not allowed to see. I would talk to this girl and at least have your arms open for her because she’ll bloody need it, just being near her might save her sanity and when she finds out she will blame her mum!!
    Best of luck.

  • Jenna

    August 14th, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    What’s worse, losing a parent or being stuck with a mom who can’t stop crying or function at all? They deserve better than I can be.

  • The Team

    August 14th, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Jenna. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

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    The Team

  • Q

    August 19th, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    My father committed suicide when I was turning 10 2/18\90 my bday is 03/14/80. He was 39 , I have nec

  • BB

    September 7th, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    My brother in law took his life a little over 2 months ago leaving behind my nephew who’s only 1yo. And his wife…My sister. My sister is in such denial and has abandoned him and moved in with her new boyfriend. How am I going to beat the statistics? How do you explain to an innocent child that he is loved, his life is valuable and important when he starts to ask questions about why his dad and mom abandoned him?

  • Crystal

    September 12th, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Please, if anyone contemplating suicide needs a first hand account on the effects of the loved ones and children left behind please contact me. 2 months shy of my 11th birthday my mother committed suicide. I found her after I failed to follow her instructions and ride with a relative from school instead of catching a ride home( she never intended on me being the “one”) I also had a 14 year old brother at the time. I can assure you that you do not want to do this! By the Grace of God I live a life filled with joy now, but I did suffered from PTSD. Please think about your children and loved ones and do not do this to them! It WILL effect them more than you could ever imagine and their life will be changed (negatively) forever. No good comes from suicide! Please message me if you would like to talk!

  • ani

    September 12th, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    My mother committed suicide in her third attempt.first two were 7 years ago after that in August 2015 she finalised it by hanging. she was under treatment but i forced her to stop medicines due to side effects but she started again after 13 days. After one month medication she said there is no relief at that time i was in my job 100 km out of my home. then she tried some new drugs. after all she committed. i feel guilty bcz i think i should not stop her medicine she died due to my fault. please tell me how can i live with this life threatening fault. i am not able to sleep from one month i only blame myself.

  • GoodTherapy Admin

    September 12th, 2015 at 10:17 PM

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  • Natalie

    September 17th, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Crystal. I lost my mum aged 11, she too hung herself. My dad found her, so I feel for you. If you ever want to chat I’m happy to talk. Natalie

  • Summer

    September 20th, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Thank you u give me hope my ex husband the father of my three sons killed himself 3weeks ago and its been hard on us all my boys are 13 16 and as 18 its been hardest on my 13 im up wi5h him now cause he woke up cause he felt something next too his bed, I don’t know what to do. I hate that I can’t stop his pain

  • Donna

    September 27th, 2015 at 1:35 AM

    Summer, my spouse took his life in 2008. Everyone blames me because …we were separated. What he did, was a selfish act, I loved him, miss him, but mad as hell. It was as if a plane, with him, all our friends went down all at the same time. It took all out of me to sort through all of the emotions, but during that time, God carried me. Literally. Reach out to your church, hold on to your faith, you did not deserve this. This was not your fault. GOD loves you even though you may be angry and feel betrayed. See, God is with you alwatlys. He does not make bad things happen. But, we have free will and can take control at any time. Nonetheless less, the healing process sucks. Let go, and give it all to God. He loves you, I will pray for you.

  • Holly

    September 21st, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Thank you Crystal. My oldest daughter is 2 months shy of eleven. I needed to see you comment.

  • Christy

    September 22nd, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Please email me. My daughter just list her 5 yr old son in a fire, my grand baby. It’s been 6 mths and 2 suicide attempts. We have a 1 yr old that survived. She wants to die, the pain is too deep. I’d like her to hear how the kids feel when parents do this. Im so sorry for this happening to your mom and your life. Love sent your way!

  • The Team

    September 22nd, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Christy. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

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    The Team

  • Natalie

    September 23rd, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Dear Christy. Your poor daughter and her sweet son, so devastating. I hope her pain eases and that she can feel at peace. I truly wouldn’t know what to say other than let your emotions out, let yourself grieve and let it take as long as it needs to.

    As a girl whom lost our mum when I was 11 to suicide (she hung herself in the garage of our family home, unbeknown to me please hold on. For that little one year old, please hold on.

    I reached rock bottom last year & wanted to take my own life. I was sexually abused by my svhool
    Teacher 3 years after my mum
    Died. Please spend a few mins thinking of your little 1 year old, not now – but in 10 years time when she’s hitting puberty, when it’s her first period, when you need a mum
    To help you with boys and the school prom. Please think about her wedding , her babies-please just think through her eyes for a little while.

    I don’t hate my mum for leaving, nor do I think she’s selfish I adored her but I did wonder for such a long time why. I kicked myself for sitting on the step outside the garage wondering where I had left my door key and now knowing she was taking her last breath- that destroys me.

    I feel so deeply sad my brother whom
    Was 7 doesn’t really remember much of her… Please hold on. You’re not selfish nor a bad parent – I now have three girls and miss my mum
    Dearly. I have complex post traumatic stress disorder due to seeing her suicide attempts as a child… You’re only human but please give yourself a little time to process what’s happened. My heart goes out to you.

    Forgot to say – the thing that stopped me wanting to leave when I was 29weeks pregnant with my third last year after a horrid court case testifying against the sch teacher who abused me was a mental health nurse saying ‘if you commit suicide i will see your daughters here in 15 years time’ that stopped me in my tracks xxx

  • Nicole

    September 30th, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Can we tAlk crystal? I’m sorry, I just can’t afford therapy right now and everyone is sick of dealing with me and my dramatics. I just am losing grip of myself . I have a 7 year old daughter and what’s keeping me here . But I don’t know anymore

  • Nicole

    September 30th, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Not harming myself , or anything like that. Just losing hope and wondering what good is it for me to be here . I just am so lost and alone. I feel stupid posting this but I don’t know , guess I just need someone to talk to who won’t get upset with me like everyone is

  • chris

    October 2nd, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Then let’s talk please. It’s not an answer…both of my parents went down that seperate times…I don’t know their thoughts but I do know that there was a chemical imbalance in their bodies…they thought they were making a sound decision but something was off that they didn’t know or couldn’t comprehend. Just stop, think, have a conversation…those that you love don’t know that you feel how you do because you haven’t told them. Try talking…if not to a loved one or if you don’t have one then try one of the phone numbers that are there. People do care and are willing to help.

  • Shelley

    September 6th, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Please look me up on Facebook Nicole,
    My name is shelley adams. I’d seriously love to talk with you..

  • jessica

    October 1st, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    But what if you just hate life and cry ever day but you love your children. What if you feel like you have no purpose how do you just go on. I want the best for my kids I love them very much o just don’t love myself and I don’t want my suicide to affect them or stop them from living a healthy joyful life

  • Christina

    October 1st, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    the best thing for your children is to have a happy living mother. trust me, my mothers near suicide which i had to save her from still affects me to this day. i have depression too and i feel like you do often-in fact right now i’m trying to find the right medication and therapist. you need treatment and it IS there waiting for you!
    i still havent found the right meds but even i havent given up hope that i will find the right thing for me.
    you are just in an enormous amount of pain-who wouldnt want to end it? i understand but there ARE many options, if your willing.
    i am sorry you feel like this. i wish nobody did. every time i read another post i want to cry. please dont do it.

  • Christina

    October 1st, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    i meant to add, this is from one person with suicidal depression to another. i am not like other people wagging their finger at you or whatever. i am (just like) you, in this way and i KNOW how you feel. if you dont listen to anyone else, trust me because i’m speaking from experience. listen to your heart, not your pain. listen to the minds of your children because they ARE you. they are your flesh and blood and you are connected forever. if you kill yourself you are killing them.

  • Shelley

    September 6th, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Jessica can you please message me as soon as possible on Facebook. My name is shelley adams.

  • Shelley

    September 6th, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Hey Jessica my name is shelley adams
    Can I ask how old your children are ? My children are… oldest is 18, he just graduated from high school this June 2016 with a 97.7 avg, and today was his first day of university , my second child is 14 , and today was her first day at high school (she graduated middle school with honors) And my third child, he’s 3 1/2 years old . My children are my life, and i may only be 33, and been through hell and back a few times but I can honestly say, I absolutely love life, and so fortunate to be alive and breathing, yes, I’ve had bad days , weeks and sometimes even month’s, but that’s all it is”bad days”, cuz each day we wake up is a chance to a new beginning, a opportunity for a start fresh , new life. Sure we can wake up each day thinking our life is sh#t , and thinking our family,friends and loved ones would be better off without us. However the truth is, life is what we make of it. I believe that’s why we’re given the opportunity each day; to make changes in our life, the choice to have a new beginnin ,the choice to make a positive change. Always try to turn the negative into positive. The only thing we 100% have control over in life, is ourselves. Look me up on Facebook please

  • The Team

    September 7th, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Hi Shelley and Jessica,
    Please be aware does not retain contact information in comments, to protect users’ identity and privacy.

    Thank you so much for your comments! We are wishing you all the best.
    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • JCA

    October 8th, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    My presence and constant depression and anxiety around my kids is very bad for them. I’m on the verge of becoming disfunctional, losing my job and being hospitalized anyway, and that would be a terrible burden for them as it’s happened before. They’re 18 and 22 and I know they would be better off without me. They have a mother and a large extended family. It’s hopeless and I have no more will.

  • The Team

    October 8th, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Dear JCA,
    We noticed your recent blog comment and wanted to respond to you personally. Please know that if you need to talk to someone, at any time of day or night, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY), whether you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or would simply like to speak to someone.

    Further, if you would like to seek out a therapist or other mental health professional, you can search for one using our site: is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment, but we urge you to reach out for help, especially if you feel that you may be in danger of harming yourself or others. Please know that you are not alone and that help is available if you need it.

    Wishing you the best,
    The Team

  • TR

    October 13th, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Finally read words that mirror mine to a T. I’ve suffered for 30 years. My 19yo daughter has a wonderful father & step mom & plenty of family who’ll see she’s well taken care of. Her latest post for her step moms bday was the final straw I needed that confirmed stepmom is her best friend, her everything. She hates me, doesn’t need me & will be better off if I just remove myself from the equation. I’ve life threatening carotid artery brain aneurysms & am so angry they haven’t done the job for me. Researching pages the last few days on best most successful ways to end my life. I need it all to end. Tired of suffering. No more meds, no more words from people who don’t get it. Just. No. More.

  • The Team

    October 13th, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Dear TR,

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  • Bubble

    September 12th, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    My child is a product of rape and I can’t figure out if I should leave her, or just kill myself. She’s 5 and severely autistic.

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    September 12th, 2015 at 4:55 PM

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  • Erika

    September 15th, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Are u kidding me? U have to enjoy life if u can manage…I gave my son mouth to mouth unsuccessfully, my dad hung himself, shall I continue? We May not understand, but ya “Gotta Have Faith”

  • chris

    October 2nd, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Today I saw a child in the cold rain walking down the street. He had a jacket with a hood, he was crying and it was clear he needed help. I turned my car around to ask him where his parents were but someone else had taken the lead. He was lost and sad and alone….he or she needs your help…whatever you’re thinking it’s not the answer…if you take that route out…it’s not the easy route’s the most difficult Avenue your could take for that child….be there…that’s all you have to do. Just be there…make that difference and you will be rewarded with the love of another human…your child.

  • C

    October 6th, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Obviously you have suffered an unspeakable amount. I will not pretend to know your pain. However, your child needs you. And perhaps you will both realize that you have saved each other.

    It sounds like you need a strong support network to help you care for your child and yourself properly. Please don’t give up. There are resources and possibly even programs that can help take some of the overwhelming responsibility of a special needs child so that it is manageable.

    I am so sorry that life has brought you down this path. However, you are valuable. I hope you won’t give up.

  • Nef

    September 29th, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Would a toddler have a real effect if their mother committed suicide? If the toddler has s strong father-figure.

  • Wsf

    October 14th, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    So, what can I do prior to my suicide, to ensure a better chance for my son’s well being?

  • C.

    October 18th, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    You figure that one out let me know…untill then do what I’m doing…try to hold on for your son. Be an influence of strength and bring him to an adulthood where he’ll be able to cope have a responsibility to him greater than yourself. I don’t say this lightly, my boys are 10and 13. That’s a long time from now…

  • Lisa

    October 18th, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    This will destroy your child, friends, family and community. Please seek a doctor to help you. Suicide is the result of a chemical imbalance or a failure in the brain. Just like kidney failure or heart failure. The right medication can alleviate your symptoms.

  • C.

    October 23rd, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    I love all the standard responses…”want to kill yourself? ” “call 911 and get locked in a room for at least 72 hours,eat these pills,now,everything will be just fine!”… There’s only one known cure for depression, sorry to say but its true,For people with children not so much….

  • greiving widow

    November 11th, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    My husband just committed suicide 10 days ago. I cant begin to tell you the devastation hes left behind. Its unimaginable the pain myself and our daughters are dealing with. I beg you to seek help, because you’ll leave scars that will never heal for your son.

  • Ana

    October 14th, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    My daughter is nearly 13, when she was just 6 her father killed himself. I have always told her he was ill and had died but recently she has been asking how he died and has said she doesn’t believe me! She has been self harming and getting in trouble at school lately she has a lot of anger! (Maybe related maybe not) Should I tell her the truth or continue to keep it from her??

  • Lisa

    October 18th, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Self harm is a sign of something going on as well as getting in trouble at school. Please take her to the doctor or to a therapist.

  • taylor

    October 29th, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Hi, I’m sorry to hear the troublesome you are having with your daughter. I myself lost my father to suicide when I was 10 months of age. My mother kept this secret from me till I was 7 years of age and I acted out as well, regretfully. I strongly suggest you tell your daughter the truth as soon as possible. Truth and honesty is the best thing to teach a young one and although it may be hard, this will not only help her overcome his unfortunate death, but it will also teach her a valuable life lesson. Don’t forget to apologize for hiding this secret. I’m only 19 as it is now and still to this day all I wish is that my mother had told me sooner as it was a family cousin who came to me laughing stating my step father whom I believed to be my biological father was in fact not. I hope the best for you and your daughter and brighter years to come.

  • Heidi

    November 1st, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    I think honesty is the best way to go. You want to make sure that you will be the one who tells her and not someone else. 13 is a difficult age to cope with emotional situations like this but it has to come out sooner or later and it depends on the maturity of your daughter but I think you would know when the time is fjchf

  • Jillian

    October 24th, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    So, 5 years ago my grandmother committed suicide and my mother had a very close relationship with her, but hadn’t been speaking with her for the two years up to her death. I was a first year in college afraid I would never complete my degree if I took time off and came home. Also, things happened so fast, jumping right into normalcy seemed best. I wasn’t close with my grandmother so much, but i did mourn her passing in my own creative way by making a video of her. My mom, however, struggled gravely and was not supported by family or my father. Now, my dad and I are paying for our neglect. My mom has attempted suicide multiple times. I thought she was a pillar and would be above that and would grow to see her mothers suicide as selfish the way everyone else seemed to. To be honest, my mom has a record of alcoholism that developed after her mom’s death and she is unfaithful to my father. I unknowingly engaged in a one night stand with the man she had an affair with who is closer to my age than hers recently and it broke her more, if possible. I fear she hates me. She feels herself cursed, having been raped by her uncle at a young age. This whole ordeal seems quite the mess. I’m a very logical person, a Capricorn, if you will, and my mother is a Gemini and my father is a Virgo. I’m a very rational person and I know I can be cold and hard. Now that I have graduated, just barely having struggled with my own thoughts of suicide, forged out of the thought that this must run in the family, I cannot cope with my parents fake marriage and my mom’s incessant complaints. I have two younger brothers, 12 and 8. I want to leave and get away from here. I have no guidance, I have no friends in my city anymore and I feel guilt having a good time. Is it wrong of me to want to get out of this toxic environment?

  • Jillian

    October 24th, 2015 at 2:15 AM

    My mom never sought therapy despite my pushes for it several times. She has been in and out of weekend or longer term rehab/ wellness clinics (3x or so). My parents used to get into many physical altercations when my mom would show up drunk and volatile. She seriously scares the hell out of me. We only get one life, and boy do I feel sorry for her and I know she sacrificed a lot to have me. I know she did. I just honestly don’t know what to do. It’s been almost 6 years and I want to get on with paying my school loans and seeking opportunities elsewhere so I can stop hearing her say the most passive aggressive things to me.

  • Ethan

    October 30th, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    I’m 16 and I saw my mom commit suicide about less than 2 months ago and it’s really been affecting me negatively I started using harder drugs and I really don’t know what to do so if anyone can help?

  • Toni

    November 5th, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    If you need anyone to talk to I will listen.

  • Jocelin

    November 7th, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Hi, my dad tried to commit suicide a few days ago he was taken to the hospital. The question is I have two sisters one is 9 and the other one is 12years old. When things like this happen does anybody know if he can be near them?

    I would appreciate if someone could please helpe me with this question, thank you.

  • jo

    November 8th, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    i know its selfish and would make my son upset im sure an i dont wanna do that to him, but i feel like me being alive is not gonna be good for him either i am pathetic to want to die but im pathetic in life anyway , no one wants a pathetic mum who will probably mess you up alive anyway, i shout at him most days an i cry he sees, he is only 3 and already i think i have given him a bad start in life, he has a normal dad though who dosent mess him up like i do, who seriously wants a mum who is depressed everyday and negative and lazy and like a child very emotional sensitive and messed up and cant be a good mum??? its better in a way to not have that bad influnce in your life , i will never change i know my son will probably be affected badly by me whether im alive or dead but in a way i think sometimes people can damage and hurt someone more alive then their death can hurt, i would leave a long very detailed suicide note, everyone knows what im like as i have been this way for most my life since childhood, its a personality thing and i cant change, i know i should try and try but its just not in me i can not be happy and ok, its so sad , even thing is when i am having happy moments i am sad too i cry at happy things family love makes me sad because i realise an feel like its all so pointless anyway life is pointless and my son shouldnt have to grow up with me for a role model,,, i could just run away stop being his mum but not die, but maybe that would hurt more knwoing your mum just went off to live without you

  • deonna

    November 9th, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    I was just googleing how to deal with the grief of my fathers suicide if you are thinking that will make your child better then you aren’t thinking right I have so many questions I need answered and its not fair it hurts so bad my dad was a really messed up man to he was an orphaned his mom had 8,kids and gave them to foster care he constantly ran away wanting to be with her my dad was raped and beaten growing up his mom never wanted him he never met his father a year after my parents were married he learned his dad killed his self my dad was a drug addict and alcoholic he also beat up animals why I have no idea it really messed me up in the head he shot up before and had to have surgery BC he accidently shot up deoderant he beat my mom so bad he busted her ear drum by the time I was a teenager I didn’t like my father when he was on drugs when he was sober he was a great man so living in gods glory u would think he was jakle and hide after my great GMA passed away we sent his mom money to come from las Vegas were my dad lived homeless in the streets there for five years one reason he was so crazy instead she killed her self both my dads parents killed there self my mom ended up divorcing my dad after 19 years BC he couldn’t change he ended up getting with a girl and they both constantly did pills my dad didn’t talk to me rmfir two years I had list a friend in high school all I wanted was my father to live us and get help and have a family he always wanted he wouldn’t even talk to his brothers and sisters he was angry he was the only child who never got adopted my dads gf died he sat with her dead body for three days he said he never went thru anything like that not even in Vegas had he ever done so many drugs with Simone he tried to cut his arm off my mom actually called him about child support luckily he asks her for a ride to the store on the way there he cried and said Becky died I need help he was covered in blood and when he got here he had a pint of blood and his blood pressure was 20 my dad had attempted suicide and failed he came bk to live with me and my mom tried again with pills me as a drug addict myself by now I’m on method and acid I knew hr had done to much I called 911 and as soon as they got him in the ambulene his heart stopped they revived him he was in a comma for a week his second comma ever even after that god had blessed him with another chance at life I got sober met a good guy have two beautiful children with red hair and blue eyes my dad always said ur such a good mom I’m so proud of u when my son was nine months old and my daughter was 19 months old I had my kids bk to bk pregnant seven weeks after the first one April 8 2015 yes this year my dad succeeded at suicide my mom called me the night of the 7th saying he was having a pill issue again but I heard Jim in the back ground arguing with her and he didn’t sound to out of spurts I said to call the cope BC she said he had torn the house apart sayn he lost the pills and he had taken hers and his BC my mom has conditions were she needs meds the cops came and said well he says he’s ok she went bk to work I went to bed and three hours later when she came home went to the bathroom my dad was dead on the toilet he had taken 11 whole bottles of pills left a note that said love forever and forgive always my dad was going to be 52 he had overcome the demons of Vegas met a great women who has tried to save him for 25 years and had a family and even got to be a grandpa he had plenty of ppl who loved him my parents have lived rich and they have lived poor even tho I hated him for the most messed up stuff he did I felt like crap for being mean to him when he died I miss him with all my heart I’m 23 and I think even a three year old would suffer majorly to the lose of a parent its ur choice but I’m going to tell u its extremely unfair not only to ur child but to ur self god put us here for a reason mother nature is here for a reason ppl die everyday who don’t want to and there may be days that u think oh this kid wouldn’t care if I died but trust me a child’s feelings become extremely real when they lose there parent I constantly think of ways I could of changed my dads mind I know I can’t change urs but that child loves you no matter what you think… I love my babies I yell it them do I think.I’m a pos mom yes! But man I love my babies and I’m afraid to die I want god to just come get me when its my time I hope you and your family can be happy I really really do.

  • wendi j.

    December 5th, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    I am so sorry to hear all of your stories. ..i was pregnant and 1 month into my 17 years and I found my mom in the car…gone. I’ve hated her for years for leaving me…i recently forgave her and I just turned 38…because of what she did I’ve had a lifetime of panic attacks, Ocd and anxiety…i got addicted to so many pills, cocaine…you name I probably did it, again for most of my life. I never thought of suicide but couldn’t find happiness. I finally met a man at 32 and what a wonderful gift. I decided 1 day I wasn’t going to take another pill.. i had never went through a withdrawal but for 6 months I was a shell of a person…the wonderful news is I got through it…took a long time, years!!!!! I finally got married at 35 for the first time, quite smoking 2 years ago. I’m on a vapor though. I do have to take antidepressant and anxiety medication but life is full of hope…i just passed my mother’s suicide date at her age, I was so happy I made it but so sad to know if she would have sought medical attention and medicine to help she would still be with me 21 yrs later. all of you with the thought of no hope…there is and I love you. ..please seek help and ask God for help! !!!! He listens xoxo

  • Tasha

    November 13th, 2015 at 3:16 AM

    It’s only my 2 year old son that’s keeping me here. I’m just tired of living, I feel like a waste of space. I wish I would have succeeded suicide when I was 12. No one understand my pain, no one knows how I feel. I always have to be strong but inside I’m dead. I act like I’m happy but it’s the total opposite. It’s easier to be dead, then I can’t feel… It’s like torture.

  • The Team

    November 13th, 2015 at 8:39 AM

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  • bill

    November 18th, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Tasha, I feel the same way.
    I only see my son every other weekend, and I love our time together even though I’m usually too depressed to go do anything with him. The rest of my life is just dragging on, what’s the point.

  • Echo

    December 9th, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    On June 7,2015, my husband committed suicide. At one point in time, he was a great man and a good day, but he acquired a terrible drug addiction, and slipped into depression as a result of it. After two years of hell in my marriage, I finally decided to do something to help my boys and me get out of the life I allowed us to live. I joined the military. While I was at basic training, my husband’s drug addiction got so bad, that he barely saw our children. He just left them with my mom all the time. When I finally got my phone back, one of the “women” that often hang around men with drugs, had posted pictures of her and my baby on Facebook and tagged my husband in it. I decided to check out more of her photos. She was living in my house, playing with my children, and sleeping with my husband, all while I was paying every bill. After seeing this, my husband and I started fighting over phone calls and text messages. This continued for two days. On the second day, I told him that I wanted a divorce. Shortly after, my phone died, and I wasn’t near a charger. When I returned to my barracks, I plugged my phone in and turned it on. I immediately received a call from my sister, informing me that my husband had hung himself in our bedroom. I was shocked. After that phone call, text message notifications came flooding in. Most of them from him. The last two years of my marriage were hell because of methamphetamine. But this man was my soul mate. He was the love of my life. He was daddy to three little boys. He wasn’t the drugs, they just had control of him. He knew these things. He also knew how difficult life had been for the boys and me because of an addiction that he couldn’t beat. He decided that we would be better off without him. He was wrong.
    The first month was difficult. All I wanted to do was join him. But my kids kept popping into my head. Who would take care of them? Would they just continue the cycle of suicide if I did? I didn’t want that. So, I made a promise to them and myself that I would NEVER write my own ending. I sealed that promise with a tattoo of a semi colon.
    It’s now December, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel some kind of emotion over my husband’s suicide. It’s even harder on my boys. My ten year old informed me tonight that he doesn’t want to live anymore, that all he wants is to be with his daddy. He’s written letters to Santa, telling Santa that he doesn’t want toys for Christmas, that all he wants is his daddy back. He no longer finds joy in the fun things that we did as a family because all they do is remind him off a dad that he no longer has. My seven year old is angry, all the time. I’ve been called by the principal several times about him fighting in school. He doesn’t know how to handle his feelings, so he bottles them and explodes under the pressure. My one year old will never know the sound of his daddy’s laughter. He will never be able to know what it felt like to be so protected in his dad’s arms.
    The last two years were hell on my kids, too. My husband was quick tempered, and yelled. A lot. I started telling the boys that it was because daddy was sick. They thought he hated them. Having said that, my kids would give up EVERYTHING to have him back.
    Please, please understand and believe me when I tell you that NOBODY is better off with you gone. Suicide may be the end to your pain, but it’s merely the beginning to your child’s. You are strong enough to handle this depression. You can beat whatever is causing it! I hope this reaches you in time, and that you can learn from my husband’s mistake.
    God bless,

  • Notalone

    January 8th, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Thank you for sharing xxx

  • Cece

    December 13th, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    My son is two next month and I feel so hopeless, useless, lonely and fearful about everything. He is the only thing that’s stopped me. The pain is so intense, it physically hurts. I hate life, but love my son. I just need it all to stop. I’m sick of the black meaningless hole in my soul.

  • GoodTherapy Admin

    December 13th, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Dear Cece,

    Thank you for your comment, Cece. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about self harm at and additional information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Caroline

    November 19th, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Hi don’t really no what to say except I alive today… I have a six yr old daughter and a two yr old son and iam 30 every day is so hard sometimes I can’t breath I try and try but iam not gd enough everyone thinks they will be better off without them I’ve tried suicide about 7 times still here none came to help me but my life isn’t as simple as that
    Iam going through hell a court case with my step dad and I’ve tried and tried noone told by me but when they needed me I stood by them now iam a lier it’s not even over with now iam left with noone again used again I’ve struggling everyday to jist get up iam a joke to everyone foe tellong the truth but I will wake and stand for my kids cos I have no choice otherwise my life would without be over I have no family no trust nothing and that’s the small storie suicide is for real I don’t no how iam still here but iys obv for something my kids I live foe them only them otherwise there is nothing left of me I can go on all day about how low and how ppl have treated me but yyy?? Noone cares and noone will truly be there jist need to find that last bit of strength within myself otherwise it’s over and ano they deserve better they r my breath always

  • The Team

    November 19th, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Dear Caroline,

    Thank you for your comment. We at are not qualified to offer professional advice, but we wanted to encourage you to reach out and talk to someone. You can locate a therapist or mental health professional in your area by using our website:

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  • Martine

    November 30th, 2015 at 4:59 AM

    I am 20 year girl from Norway. I lost my father to suicide only a couple of months ago. I have to start off by saying that to me, it is unbelievable that somebody can even say that suicide is a selfish act. It really provokes me reading comments like that. Nobody will ever understand how it feels like wanting to end your life until you find yourself in that difficult place. I know how difficult this was for my father. My family (older sister, mom, dad and me) have always been so close. We have always been showing our love for each other, always talked about absolutely everything. I knew about my father’s illness and depression for many years before he decided to do the unthinkable. When somebody is that fearful of life rather than death, I see that as something admirable and courageous. That is my opinion and that is how I will look at it no matter what. I know his decision was the most difficult one he had ever made, and I am absolutely aware of how much love he had for the three of us. Leaving us, knowing the pain we would be suffering in the aftermath made it so hard for him. But his pain was bigger than anything. He was tired and exhausted, he wanted to be free from this horrible pain. I know that pain because I saw it, for many times and many years. I knew him both healthy and depressed. I almost did not recognize him the last six months before his death. So I understand his choice. And I am actually proud of him for making that difficult choice. Anything for my father to finally be free from his many years of pain and suffer. Depression is an illness just as deathly and cancer and any other life threatening diseases. That is something we have to understand and accept. The most important thing, which I have learned after this happened, is that we have to be more open with each other. We have become better at asking people; “How are you REALLY doing?”. And we have to talk more openly with each other. Then we can finally realize that who we are and what we have done and accomplished in life is more than good enough. We need to show each other more of the appreciation we have for one another. Unfortunately suicide is for many the solution of freeing pain. I wish it wasn’t so, but it is and I accept it.

  • Claire

    November 30th, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Suicide is a selfish actI lost my dad and sister to it and the pain, misery heartache left is almost unbearable. My dad 3 behind my sister lleft 3 also aware of the impact. Healing is never possible acceptance 1 day.

  • BB

    December 2nd, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    You said it so perfectly, anyone who doesn’t understand, never will. Depression is a horrible illness, you can’t see anyway out, you can’t ecscape the enemy when the enemy is in your head.

  • Shannon

    December 11th, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Wow, that was beautiful Martine. I am a mother of a 20 and 16 year old. I am currently struggling with depression and have lost all will to live most days.
    I am a severe empath so the one thing keeping me here is my kids suffering.
    On days that they are off living their own lives and I don’t see them, or times when we argue I find myself a letting that go a little.
    If I ever reach the point your father did, bless him, I hope my kids would see it the way u have….for what it really is and to recognize depression as a painful disease. I don’t even know you but your word say it all, your father raised a wonderful person with a heart full of true compassion.

  • Jen

    December 12th, 2015 at 5:54 AM

    I lost my father to suicide when I was very young. We basically buried him for my third birthday. I remember many things from when I was very young, but as hard as I try I cannot remember him or that time. I was told the fact that his death was suicide, it was not kept secret. I feel it should not be kept a secret from the child, as it would be a terrible feeling to learn the truth as an adult… grow up believing a ‘white lie’. As a child growing up I dealt with it ok, dad wasn’t ingnored in life, but we never discussed his suicide. Fourty years ago it just wasn’t discussed. You didn’t talk about it. I feel now that I am older I would have benefitted from some sort of healing process, like flowers on his grave during his birthday, fathers day, etc ….I don’t know….but sweeping it under the rug did not help me, and it shows now. I see how much I missed out on. I feel I would have been a daddy’s girl but I missed out, never got that opportunity. I have days where I miss him so terribly, and its not fair I have to depend on other people to tell me stories about him, cause after a while they just tell you the same stories you’ve already heard. If someone reads this and is contemplating suicide and you have young children….DON’T DO IT. I can tell you my fathers choice has left a giant gaping hole in my soul, forever. It is a permanent choice that cannot be taken back. Yes, I understand the pain and daily struggle he must have been going through, and I do not hold his choice against him, but I wish he would have been there in my childhood. He and I missed out on so much together.

  • Courtney

    January 12th, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Thank you, Jen. I’ve been sitting here for an hour looking at my 5 year old’s pictures trying to convince myself I can ruin his life just because mine is bad. It’s so hard though. I wish there was a way I could make him understand how much I loved him in my absence.

  • Melonie M.

    December 12th, 2015 at 6:04 AM

    Martine and Shannon. you are seeing this the way I see it. My two children are 20 and 23 and I know they will never get over it but they will understand the need for me to end my daily misery. I have successfully convinced everyone I am ok but I know my kids and partner know the truth about me. They know I am miserable and angry deep down all the time. I hate being this way but I am bipolar and I know they can see my suffering. Thank you Martine for accepting your father’s decision. you don’t have to like it, but you have to accept it. See you on the flip side Martine

  • GoodTherapy Admin

    December 12th, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Melonie M.. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about self harm at and additional information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Shannon

    December 14th, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Well that’s amazing. I think this board is better than good therapy. I reached out on here this weekend. Everyone else gets a concerned reply except me.

    my whole existence has been nothing but over looked and disregarded, I guess my impending suicide will be no different.

    i have reached out to many people, especially lately. No one cares. Not my husband, not my kids so I guess it’s my bad for thinking some strangers on the internet would care.

  • The Team

    December 14th, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Shannon. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Katy

    December 15th, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I grew up in an abusive situation with my father. He suffered from alcoholism and mental illness. He regularly beat on my Mother and occasionally myself. He eventually shot my Mother in the head and chest, then shot and killed himself. Thankfully my Mother survived and lives a normal life. He died 26 years ago. Since then I have been thru 2 abusive and failed marriages. I have a successful job and am a great parent. I have a wonderful new life and have truly found a wonderful man who would never say the word boo to me. I have come to understand that he was ill, but I can’t seem to forgive him, or myself. It hurts me that I have never truly had the love of a dotting father. I never will. I feel jipped and I have a hard time coping with this at times. I do my best to be nothing like him but I somehow can’t seem to forgive him… Or myself. But I thank God my Mother survived. Any ideas? Desperately seeking a normal, loving life.

  • The Team

    December 15th, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Dear Katy,

    Thank you for sharing.

    The Team is not qualified to offer professional advice, but we would like to encourage you to reach out. You can explore these topics with the help of a qualified mental health professional. You can use our website to search for a therapist or counselor in your area by entering your ZIP code here:

    Help is available, and we wish you the best of luck in your search.

    Kind regards,

    The Team

  • Aria

    January 11th, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Thanks for the read. i want to die pretty much every day but the only thing stopping me is my kids. I’ve been counting the years, I have 7 left before my youngest is 18 and it can finally be over. Knowing that my suicide will have a lesser impact on them after 18 is better than me convincing myself they are better off without me.

  • The Team

    January 12th, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Dear Aria,

    Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear of what you are experiencing and wanted to provide you with some resources.

    If you feel like you are in crisis, or in danger of harming yourself or others, please contact local law enforcement or visit your nearest emergency room immediately.

    If you would like to talk to someone, at any time of day or night, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4TTY). You can also go online to chat at

    In addition to crisis resources, our site lists therapists who practice throughout the United States and internationally. Please know you can go online at any time and obtain a list of therapists in your area. The Team is not qualified to offer professional advice, but we do encourage you to reach out.

    Simply enter your ZIP code here:

    Please know you are not alone. Help is available, and we wish you the best of luck in your search.

    Kind regards,

    The Team

  • Ennui

    January 31st, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    I am 37 and have a 21 month old daughter. I have suffered from severe and unrelenting mental illness since I was 15 years old. I was desperate for children I struggled to get pregnant needing fertility treatment. She was the one thing I wanted more than anything in this world. I wanted a little girl in particular but would have loved a little boy just as much but was blessed with my daughter. I have multiple health problems, sure if them life threatening, others simply cause pain and distress on a daily basis. Not a single second goes by that I am not in physical pain. I can’t do most of the things normal parents would do. I have such high aspirations as to how I want to parent ava how life needs to be and I fail consistently. I have no friends to turn to, no family support. I have just realised that my husband is having an internet affair, I have absolutely nobody. I have managed to lose everyone that has ever been important to me. I don’t want to do the same to my daughter. Bring her up without having friends around her, without family, with a parent who can’t fui the simplest things for her our with her. I feel that I am destroying her chances of a good life, of freedom, of happiness and contentment. I feel that I am selfish, nut fur wanting to end my life, but for not doing so already. I love my daughter more than anything and I will be releasing get to be able to live her life to the full rather than destroying it. There is nothing left for me on this earth. There is no good that can cine from my existence. People do not understand the implications of living disabled, Mentally ill, and when no prospects for recovery or a normal life. I am simply waiting for the right time, when I can ensure that I can compete the act successfully without interruption, without the risk of being intercepted and whilst my daughter is definitely safely being looked after. It is not a spur of the moment decision, quite the opposite. I have thought about it and planned it meticulously. I have had far too many failed attempts in the passed to risk screwing this up. I am never returning to the mental health unit, some of the most abusive behaviors I have experienced have been as a patient in the hospital. I am waiting for the day to say good bye that final time. There won’t be tears or arguments, any memories will be of seeing me happy with my decision and showing her how much she is loved.

  • The Team

    February 1st, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Thank you for your comment, Ennui. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Shea c

    February 14th, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    It kind of helps to know I’m not the only one feeling this way. I’ve been divorced for 7 years. My son is 8 this month. I bought a gun for the purpose of killing myself a few weeks ago. On the one hand, since his mom has remarried I feel that ending it now won’t be as bad for him. On the other it seems that it will hurt no matter what. I recently had colon cancer and am so depressed that I quit chemotherapy early. Got halfway through it but the side effects were severely compromising my ability to do my job (computer programming). Suicidal ideation is my life now. Other than work it’s all I think about. Lost my dad recently, not to suicide, but it still hurts.

    Some of the struggles others have gone through make me think just maybe I can get through this and still be a net positive in my son’s life.

  • The Team

    February 14th, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Dear Shea,

    Thank you for your comment. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about suicidal ideation at and additional information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Jennifer

    April 9th, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Hello! Are you ok? So sorry your struggling like this!! Please know God has someone better planned for you! Please let us know how you are! May God wrap his arms around your pain and cradle your soul with love

  • Lilly

    February 21st, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    My mother attempted to commit suicide a few years ago. My grandmother found her, and she made it to the hospital. The doctor told me that she may never wake up, but if she does, she probably won’t know who I am. I began thinking about my future without her. I really thought it would never be the same. I got angry. I wanted to know why. I was sure I’d never find out why, for sure. I recalled the first time I got lost as a child in books a million, remembered how scary it was. I couldn’t believe she was leaving me. Then I thought about my little brother. I had no idea how to handle that (lived with his dad). I tried to figure out what I should have done to prevent it. What I should have known. I really couldn’t stop thinking about why my mommy wanted to leave me all alone. I wanted to know why my mommy wasn’t as strong as she used to be. I wanted my mommy. The one thing that has ever truly comforted me wasn’t there. My mother actually woke up several hours later. My family was in the room, too. My mommy had tubes all in her mouth, and her tongue was hanging out. They asked everyone else to leave. I was so happy my mommy came back. But I’ll never forget the look in her eyes when she woke up and looked at me. I could tell she knew she wasn’t supposed to be there. And I could tell she was embarrassed when she saw the rest of our family. I can’t imagine what she felt like. I still feel like my mommy left me. I have painful memories as if she really did die. I’m scared of her leaving me again. Even now, years later, it makes me cry as if she’s really gone. She not. And she’s great. I have never let her know how I feel. I never bring it up. I don’t want her to think she hurt me. I love my mommy and I’m so glad she’s still here. I’m so glad she wasn’t successful in her suicide. And though it’s like it never happened, and she’s still alive, I still have the painful memories of my mommy leaving me, and believing that I had lost her. I can’t imagine myself if she didn’t make it. I’m in my mid twenties, by the way. And I looked up this topic tonight because I was thinking tonight about whether or not I should talk to someone about it. I’m not suicidal, but I feel like I’ve been thinking about it more and more as I get older. I guess I just wanted to see if anyone else knew if it gets worse.

  • Survivor

    February 25th, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    It’s been 5 years this month that my daughter’s father shot himself. The number of lives that have been turned upside down after his death are numerous. No note. No signs of depression. Even spoke to others and made plans to help them move. Seeing what my daughter, his parents and siblings have been through is devastating. I too have struggled with depression and attempted suicide years ago. Never again. I will carry my pain, my hurts, my feelings of unworthy and guilt for mistakes I have made. I will do whatever it takes to fight to survive because the pain of a survivor left behind is far greater than any pain I have or will have. I can personally attest to that. The mind doesn’t stop trying to figure out what could have happened. Was it really suicide, was it an accident, why in front of someone he loved, what did he think he couldn’t face, did he not want to see me graduate HS, walk me down the isle, why didn’t he call to even hear my voice I was his only daughter. The questions from those left behind that will never get answered. The unknown can do more damage to the mind than anyone can ever know. There’s no suicide note that can ever be left that will ever answer questions of those left behind. I never knew it’d hurt those left behind so much. I’m glad I was never successful in my attempts.

  • Lisa G

    April 11th, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Suicide is hard to deal with, personally I have lost a brother in 1995, who completed suicide due to depression, alcohol
    and going through a divorce. In January of 2011 I lost another brother to a drug overdose, and my sister who had a mental illness of Bi-Polar, who took her own life in April 2011. Not to mention numerous others have known to do the same. It is very hard to understand, to deal with he what ifs, to some they see no hope, sadly. My sister left behind five beautiful children all teenagers. knowing that depression runs in my family, it is a concern that needs to be looked for, and addressed as needed. You learn to accept, understand and celebrate what was, and to take care of those who have greatly been affected by it and to move forward.

  • NoOneToCountOn

    April 25th, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Although I knew I wouldn’t find “My mom having killed herself was the best thing that could have happened! I’m free! I can live a normal life without her dark cloud….” I hoped that’s what I would come across. I’m ‘the mother’, and I’m worried for my 9yr old daughter as I’m ruining her life just by the simple fact she has me as a mother. I’ve been depressed from my earliest memories. Medicated and in counseling – nothing can fix me. I’m a divorced mom, and 3yrs ago I had an affair with a married man. He was abusive, angry, alcoholic and manipulative – and that was exactly my attraction. If he, this hateful man, like my father, could love me, maybe that would mean somehow I was worth loving. The affair was discovered. My daughter’s life was turned upside down as so many ‘friends’ and acquaintances found out. She’s been bullied by kids and adults alike. I’ve become a hermit – barely functioning to get through the work day to get home again. Her father, my ex, is also manipulative and unhelpful, but has a lot of opinions on everything I do wrong as a mother. My 89yr old mother tries to help with my daughter, but that brings with it more guilt. I have my daughter in counseling for the damage I’ve done, the bullying she’s faced and anxiety she has developed. She has missed school due to both anxiety and bullying, as well as physical illness. The school is giving me grief but I’m doing my best and keeping up with her school work. My manager is wanting me fired due to work I’ve missed due to illness for both myself and my daughter. I have no one to call on to help with my daughter or watch her when she’s I’ll – just me – so what to do? My insurance would give my daughter a chance for a better life. Her father would have to pick it up as a dad, but he’s more social so it would give my daughter more opportunities for friends. A pros and cons list is clearly in favour of me not being an active influence in my daughters life, and everyone who has an opinion seems to point out everything that I fail at, so I feel it’s only a matter of time. I can’t go on like this, and there are no changes open to me that can make things better.

  • The Team

    April 25th, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Thank you for your comment, NoOneToCountOn. We wanted to provide links to some resources that may be relevant to you here. We have more information about what to do in a crisis at

    Warm regards,
    The Team

  • Crystal

    June 6th, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Please respond to me! I promise you do not want to do this to your daughter! She loves you regardless of whatever downfalls you may have! You can grow through this together! I care I do! My mother committed suicide when I was 10 years old, I can tell you first hand why even thought mother was in a depressive state, NOTHING could compare to the pain that was in store when she took her own life! Please reply!

  • MissFreya

    June 6th, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Hey, I’m here to talk if you need an ear or a shoulder. I know we dont know each other but I could help you and you could help me. Trust me, I feel so close to booking tickets and checking out but seeing your comment made me stop. Talk to me. I’ll do nothing but listen if you want, and I’ll help you find a solution. I’m here, just reply back and I’ll do whatever it takes.

  • Sher

    June 13th, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    I have had severe depression on and off all my life. My mother was abusive and I was invisible to my father. I raised one daughter for the first 11 years of her life….I tried very hard to be a good parent but depression plagued me and this had an effect on her. She now says very hurtful things like my depression was a fake. I am now married and have another daughter who is 16. She is now living with my oldest daughter and neither of them want any communication from me. My husband is unloving and blames me for anything and everything that goes wrong…..I have made mistakes in that during my daughters teen years I did not handle them talking back to me very well. I was terrified to defy my own parents and so I would get angry and loose my temper with my children. I am now in a severe depression and I don’t want to live. Personally I think it would be a relief for all of us if I ended my life. I don’t feel that any member of my family cares for me or ever has… mother has continued to do very cruel things. I would say my heart is broken. I don’t see any hope for any happiness and I am very tired of trying to make my life work. Both of my children are old enough now that they will be fine and they both appear to hate me anyway. I have been thinking about this quite a lot and every attempt I have made for counseling for my family and myself has neither worked or been accepted…..Everything around me only reminds me of them, how I love them and how they seem to hate me. I just want out.

  • Marie

    July 1st, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    You are loved by your children. Keep in mind that they go through a horrible selfish time between teenage years and age 25. It’s a long time to wait for them to come around. Since when do you need to be perfect? You are doing your best and it seems like they are not being fair to you. That doesn’t mean you need to give up. I do believe you need to state your feelings and as women, we are told to suck it up and that our feelings are not valid growing up. I am reading this book and it’s called Becoming Myself, by Stasi Eldredge. I actually picked it up for my oldest daughter who wants to be a man and moved out because we disagree with her. She lives with a trans female who is 6 years older who picked her up one afternoon while I was not home. One year of college in an art scene has really messed her up. She did this while in college. We gave her everything. I quit my job the day she was born and stayed home for 20 years so I could be the best mom, and it still was not good enough for my oldest and those that came thereafter. I beat myself up about it for a whole year. My youngest is crushed, my oldest son seems unaffected and is going away to college. He’s a happy camper and I have no idea how he does it. His message is pretty clear – she’s in God’s hands. But God has a dream of you and for all of us. You might not be the best mother, but you are there for them to unload all their fears to. At the same time, you need to protect your heart. Go to church somewhere or other support group and pray for them to stop being so unfair. The Lord loves the righteous. Some churches have a mom’s prayer group (I go to St. Gertrude in Cincinnati who has a Marian Study group and I love it. I also read the Magnificat and downloaded the Laudate app on my phone. When I am having a bad day, I read the readings and am consistently surprised by how God talks to me and get a lot of comfort there. And then some days I get no comfort at all so I started exercising and doing WHAT I WANT TO DO especially during the third week of my cycle when I am really pissed off at everyone. I am sure you will find that you are not alone. We all live with people who disappoint us. These disappointments and trials make us who we are. Also a good book I read called “Boundaries- When to say yes and when to say no and how to take control of your life.” Your children have no right to abuse you. You have a life too. You deserve to be happy too. So, I would challenge you do say no – I am have plans with a friend and go do what you want. Shop antiques, go to the library, invite an old friend you enjoy being around to go with you. And above all, if you don’t think anyone loves you, you are wrong. God longs for the chance to love you. I also recommend “Safe People” and “Unbound”. I am not a religious fanatic or anything, but I have learned a lot about spiritual warfare and that the devil is out there to destroy us and our families. Trust me, your leaving this beautiful scene called life is a mistake. Since these trials have begun, I have decided to give my adult child to God to take care of. I did my best. She’s a good person and I know she will escape it but it has to be in God’s time, not mine. I feel this way today, but tomorrow, I assure you, I will feel that old familiar devil’s tap on my shoulder telling me it’s all my fault tomorrow. It’s my job to cope and administer to someone else who is hurting. Charitable acts also help, even if it’s just baking muffins or cookies. And say, you know, I am not perfect but I love you. And that love is perfect and unconditional.

  • Skeltino

    June 18th, 2016 at 5:24 AM

    My brother committed suicide 5-22-16. He wasn’t just my brother but he was my identical twin brother. I had to attend his daughters pre-school graduation days later. Now the mother of his child is suddenly moving 4 states away weeks after it happened and taking her away. The first couple days after he passed away his daughter would see me through her peripherals and she would turn her head so fast thinking i was her daddy and then instantly be sad because I wasn’t her daddy, it was her uncle Skeltino.

    I know that I have a long journey ahead of me right now because I am too scared to sleep in my room at night (I was 10 feet away from where he killed himself and I was awake hearing noises, weird fucking noises; I knew he was drinking and not doing well in life, but I didn’t know he would go that far).

    It all fucking sucks for my mom, me, my dad, his ex gf, my grandparents. If you are a father or mother of kids and you are thinking about killing yourself DONT. What we are going through is the worst shit ever and your kid or kids are going to be exposed to all the repercussions .

  • Catherine

    June 19th, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    What do you do if the counciling, mental health work, CBT , relate doesn’t make you feel any different ?
    I take meds too but I still want the pain to go away ?
    My children are 16,8 and 4 but they love their daddy and he would look after them better than I ever could ?

  • Janet R

    January 5th, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    This comment is a few months old, but all I can say is keep trying. There are many therapies and many therapists that work through those therapies in different ways. Just because you tried a few, doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there to help you. Look into the creative arts therapies, or self regulation therapy if you want to try something that actually works with the nervous system and not just the mind (which often plays tricks, whereas the body rarely lies…)

  • Marie

    July 1st, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I am coming on because my daughter’s friend’s mother committed suicide almost 2 years ago. I did not know the mom and only got to meet the dad on their 8th grade trip. I have since then befriended them and our daughters are in high school together. Shortly thereafter, I was invited to a funeral. I had no idea the mother killed herself until the funeral and the priest stated it (in front of the entire class of friends who attended the funeral which I believe was very damaging and cause many classmates to unfriend this poor girl). I think this has been severely damaging for this little girl who is now 15 yet the family seems to be operating as if nothing has happened and all is normal. She has now started bullying my daughter and being horribly disrespectful to me. I take care of her while her dad travels and I am the driver when she needs help or in poor weather, etc. I am seeing some very scary evidence of depression in this girl and some lashing out. All she wants to do is sleep when she is at my house and she has gained a lot of weight and her diet is horrible. She states that she knows “she’s ugly” and now says she does not want to go to away to college because she has to take care of her dad. Over the weekend, she verbally abused my daughter (they were in the basement with another friend watching tv). My daughter lost her own sister last summer as she left home and she rarely sees her and in fact wants to transition to be a man – she’s an artist and has severe depression from bullying. This has been traumatic too for our family as we know our older daughter is also down a scary path of her own and there is nothing much we can do about her decision. My question is, where can I get help? This little girl is an only child and alone a lot. She tells me she avoids her dad and punishes him by not answering his texts. He is the nicest guy you would ever meet. I have asked to meet him for lunch and would like to present him with some resources. I want to help, but I also feel like I need to protect my daughter’s heart as she is afraid to open up to this girl while they are in high school. I am putting up my own boundaries and consequences that I am requiring my daughter to follow with this friend that I will be presenting. She needs boundaries and discipline. I am also invoking a timeout with the friendship for the rest of the summer. My daughter is extremely busy anyway with a job and extra activities that she has invited her friend to do but she is lazy and has no interest in even taking a walk or helping me with any chores while she is here. She acts like a queen of my house and a severe know it all. Any ideas?

  • Deba

    August 2nd, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    I am a singal mom now of 3 cheldren
    I have no job and i cant work becose day care is very expanseve my husband died and left me alone with no family or friends and his family is fighting me in court for what he left me
    Im brock and alone and a perdon
    I m scared and i dont want to face life
    The dell was i give him children and he provied for us
    And i was a good mother and he was a g9d provider very rich
    But the money gose to the men in the famely most of it
    I find some peace in the morning when they are stell a sleep
    As soon one of the wakes up and call for me
    The word mom is like a mountain on my chest
    Im scared of living and scared of leaving
    I want to leave this cuntry and thes shrea law
    And rais my girls in a better place
    But i see homless people in tv and I get mor scared i was raised to be a mom and good wife
    I live in the gulf and we have no rights here
    Live is so scary and pepole are horroble
    I just dont know what to do

  • The Team

    August 2nd, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Hi Deba,
    Thank you for your comment. Please know there is hope, and help is available! If you would like to look for a therapist in your area, you may do so on the directory, here:

    Please keep in mind that is an exclusive directory. If you have trouble finding a professional in your area, don’t be discouraged–it may mean you’ll have better luck doing a Google search or asking for a referral from a trusted health professional, such as your doctor.

    We are thinking of you and wishing the very best for you and your family, Deba!

    Warm regards,
    The Editorial Team

  • Annyomous

    September 16th, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    My father commit suicide when I was 4 years old. I grew up hating him and never understood why he could he so selfish and leave me in this cruel world. I deemed him as a coward and instead of dealing with the issues at hand, he chose to take the easy way out. As I entered into adulthood and having finding myself in a similar situation, as I too suffer from severe depression and often think those around me would be better off without me. I lack friends and family that are supportive and found it extremely difficult to ask for help. My perspective regarding suicide has changed and I no longer feel that it was a selfish act or that he took the “easy way out”. The ones surrounding you are the selfish ones. How could they expect someone with so much pain, agony and hurt within them to live? I feel like when you reach that certain point, your actions and thinking are not clear and essentially it’s a last ditch effort. I truly believe the ones who commit suicide long for something, whether it love, companionship or support, they feel empty. They have felt that way for so long that their isn’t anything to fill the void that has been hindering their everyday life. Making the decision to take your life is not a conscious decision and you simply want the pain to end.

  • The Team

    September 16th, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Dear Annyomous,

    Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear of what you are experiencing. The Team is not qualified to offer professional advice, but we urge you to reach out. If you feel you are in crisis and may become a danger to yourself or others, please visit the nearest emergency room or seek help from local law enforcement.

    If you would like to talk to someone anonymously about what you are feeling, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY) at any time of day or night. You can also access online support at

    If you are not currently seeing a therapist or counselor, you can look for one in your area using our website. Simply enter your ZIP code here to access a list of helping professionals in your area:

    Please know you are not alone. Help is available, and we wish you the best of luck in your search.

    Kind regards,
    The Team

  • cc

    September 28th, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Suicide is not selfish. It is a personal choice that belongs to the individual. It is selfish for the people who want you to stay here miserable and dying inside barely funcitioning, for their benefit. THat is not caring about the person in despair. The depths that you reach inside are so far down and gone theres just no way back. The pain is too much to bear and someone people cant fight it any longer. Mental health is not taken seriously or given enough public education on. People have no idea. It is no different than a cancer eating your brain. These diseases that contribute to one considering suicide are debilitating. There are no words to describe the despair and sadness and feeling trapped with no way out. You would give anything to be free mentally and for some its the only way out. It is a biological/physiological issue. It eats them away inside and the pain is so intense they would rather die. Yes it is tragic they leave behind loved ones. but its also wrong to want to make them live liike that. when there are children involved its a tough call. because the choices and the depression.definitely affect the kids in a negative way, but dying would traumatize them and they would suffer such a loss. its unbearable either way. mental diseases are terrible and theres not enough recognition about them. either way is tragic and sad. but i do not judge the ones who gave up. its not for us to judge. we havent walked in their shoes or felt what they feel. its between them and God.

  • Help

    November 29th, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    i would be dead if I didn’t have my wife and kids. hate feeling like this, but the only reason I hang on is so they dont hurt. I have to fake being happy more often than I actually feel any type of pleasure. Life is good, but its so backwards in my head. Emotions are off, nothing seems interesting, painful memories 10+ years old that I dealt with and moved on from just resurface like they happened this morning and the pain feels so real. I love my wife but I can’t feel that I love her, just feels empty. Everything my kids do irritates me even though I know I love them I just want them to go away. I hold my wife and wish she was someone else from my past. I just cant take this anymore, its just too much. Selfishly I sometime hope something happens to them all just so I can end this without having to worry about what it will do to them if I left this world. I just want to be happy again because I know that felt good. I want the non stop every day memory of a lost love that I got over to stop coming to the surface, I just want to love my wife. Everyday I think of this other woman within seconds of waking up EVERY DAY! I can’t stand it, and if I dont think about her right off the bat, which is rare maybe 2-3 times a month, its within an hour or two. One time in the last year I almost made it a day, almost. It was like 9pm and the thought rushed into my head. Hate it, not sure if its OCD or what but I can’t have her, I dont want her, but OMG is she tearing my heart apart after 13 years, I haven’t even spoken to her in 11. Its crazy, I just want to feel life positively or leave life, tired of being stuck in some hell in between. My wife and kids are so amazing, I hope im not holding them back but I know I am. I wish I could just find them someone else to take my place because it would be better for them, and I could be done. Just hurts so bad.

  • cheryl

    December 8th, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    If I can be honest. Sometimes I feel like I am not good for anyone and often dream of suicide but because my son is 12. I don’t do it! it’s probably better to have a well parent then an ill one so it’s a toss up.. It’s so hard to get well

  • J D

    December 12th, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    My father committed suicide when I was 2, I didn’t understand what really happened until I was 6 or 7. Then I started blaming myself for it, then I turn 17 and my little brother dies of cancer at 16. Now I am 26, unemployed, and thinking of trying to ending it again. I’m just tired, everyday I just try not to do it but its hard, fighting the impulse to just do it and get it over with.

  • C

    December 13th, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Mental health is often overlooked. I went through a cyber bullying case that made it very difficult to see my self worth through this. I wrote on this on a difficult day. I will tell you that it does get easier so don’t ever take away your own life! never .. You have to many others to survive for. We need more stories from survivors.

  • Janet R

    January 5th, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
    — David Foster Wallace
    Working in mental health, suicide is so hard to grapple with. There IS hope for everyone, there are still more therapists and more types of therapies to try. Don’t give up. Self Regulation Therapy is a non-traumatic way to work through much complex trauma and the often resulting depression. Art therapy is another one. Everyone has something, but never judge the person that couldn’t see that. They are standing at the window of a burning building ….

  • Zachariah

    February 26th, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Some truly prime content on this site, saved to my bookmarks .

  • boo

    October 19th, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    my mom killed herself a year and a half ago when i was 16. she had a lot of problems and they got a lot worse after my sister died unexpectedly almost four years ago. she was handicapped and addicted to her pain medication (i didn’t realize until after she died). i only recently stopped going to therapy because i felt ok enough to stop when college started. i feel like i will be carrying the burden and guilt of her death my whole life. i think it was unfair of her to do this and i think she did it out of spite. i also understand why she did it completely. we had a strained relationship because of her horrible habits and my dad was leaving her because none of us wanted to live that way anymore. a week before my dad was leaving her, she had a mammogram and they found cells or something, i dont really know. all she told me was that she had cancer. i begged her to stay alive. i was screaming, telling her i couldnt go on without her. she told me that i was just going to have to deal with it. i know that things were really bad and she had been dealing with depression for a very long time if not her whole life, but i think that is one of my most painful and repressed memory. i later asked my doctor to look up the records and see if she actually had cancer and from what i remember, she didnt have cancer, they had just found something. that was 6 months after she died and i think maybe it was easier to think she killed herself because she had cancer, but it was really just everything else. i do see suicide as a selfish act. i also understand wanting to end all of the pain that you are in, i have felt that many times after all of this. in my moms case, she was selfish because she was given so many chances and we wanted to help her so bad for YEARS and she just didnt want help. you cannot help someone who does not want to be helped and that is what i tell myself to feel better. my mom was a disaster and honestly if she hadnt killed herself she probably didnt have much longer to live because she never took care of herself. i do remember coming home from school with 911 dialed in my hand because i was afraid i would find her dead. i also sometimes wished (before she got to her worst) that she would die just so she would be out of pain and with my sister again. i know my sister would be very angry with my mom for the way that things turned out. i dont know why i wrote all this it doesnt really have a point. but i have been thinking about suicide lately and knowing all of the pain that my sisters unexpected death and my moms suicide has caused me, i could never ever inflict this pain on to another human being. sometimes i think the grief is so painful it becomes a physical pain. i hope that maybe someone will read this along with other posts and realize that the pain you are feeling when you commit suicide will only go to the people who love you.

  • c

    October 24th, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    For any parent considering suicide, please do not. My mother killed herself after a long 7 year bout with depression. She attempted 3 times prior to completion. I took on a lot of responsibilities in helping her. I was 24 at the time it first happened, and that trauma was great, but it is nothing compared to what I suffer with now. I shielded my brother from this because he was so young. My mother’s depression did have a great impact on me. I did everything I could for her, and in the end it still wasn’t enough. Did I get angry and frustrated with her for not trying to get better? Yes, but never outwardly. Did I sometimes want to be free from the nightmare? Yes. But thoughts like that are fleeting. I’d give back everything if I could have my mother back happy and healthy like she was before. I’d even take her back depressed. No one is better off without you, even if you and they think they are. My mother didn’t even know I suffered from depression, anxiety, and ocd because I put a bandage on it for her sake. I never wanted to make her feel even worse. No matter what you say in a letter will never bring them comfort. And if your kids are in pain now, that pain will be multiplied by 1000. You have depression right? Well if you choose to end it, your kids will be depressed for a long, long time. They will never be the same. They will grow up questioning everything in life, wondering why they weren’t enough for you. The anger they have for you will be directed inward, and they will suffer from self loathing, terrible self esteem, and they will feel like a bad person. They will feel guilty doing anything in life that brings them joy. I understand depression better than your average person, so don’t believe I don’t have empathy, compassion, and understanding of the pain. If you are willing to die for your kids betterment, you aren’t thinking logically. You owe it to yourself and your children to try everything possible to get better.

  • Philip

    July 14th, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    This is a nice site specially for people who struggles in substance abuse and depression.

  • Dave H

    April 7th, 2022 at 6:21 AM

    My father committed suicide. While we were close and I miss him, I respect that it was his decision and do not bear any guilt or anguish about the event and cannot really relate with people who are experiencing these feelings with such intensity.

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