In A Terrible Place Right NowSuicideIn A Terrible Place Right Now<div class="ExternalClassA3449858782A4F74B4523C0AE458E03F"><p>​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">I'm in a terrible situation. I started having depression when I turned ten years old two years ago. My best friend killed himself and it had a huge effect on my life. Things started going down hill. Now I cut (sometimes burn or bruise) my wrists, ankles, thighs, and sometimes my stomach. I'm seeing my counselor at my school currently and she's working on getting me a therapist. She doesn't know I self harm because I certainly do not want her to call my mom about it. My mom already knows that I did it in the past, she just thinks I'm way better now. I don't know what to do because it's 3am and I'm crying thinking about suicide. Life is basically pointless though. All our lives we just work our butts off and then die... So, what's so wrong about dying early? I'm in a terrible place right now; I haven't harmed myself for two days and now I want to hurt myself. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass1E9EBB547B6F4590B4CA0FD70770A689"><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">First of all, we just want to say thank you for reaching out for support tonight. It is clear that you have been struggling with this for quite a while and we are here to help you through it. It is great that you are working with your school counselor and trying to get help with your thoughts.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">One option for you that may be very beneficial is to develop some healthy coping skills. Coping skills are anything that can take your focus and attention off of your thoughts of suicide and self-harm. These can be things such as listening to music, reading, drawing, exercise, watching your favorite television show/movie, etc. It is understandable that it may be difficult to partake in activities when you are feeling like this, but it is important to keep your mind occupied so that these thoughts don't come into your mind. There is actually a very beneficial resource on ylyv.org that could help you find some coping skills. To find it, you can go to ylyv.org, click on the Tips and Tools section and select the Coping Skills Topic.<br></span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">A second option would be to try to open up about the self-harm to your mom or school counselor. We understand that this may be a difficult thing to do, but it is important that you are completely open with them about what is going on so they can get you the best help possible. It is clear from what you said that they care about you and they will do anything they can to help you through this.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Lastly, we encourage you to try to identify the positives in your life. I know what happened in the past was a very traumatic event and it affects you until this day, but it is important to try to find the positives of every day. This can be things as simple as doing well on a test at school or finding a penny on the ground. It is the small positive things that will outweigh the negatives in your life. So one option would be to write down three to five positive things every night before you go to bed. No matter how minimal they may seem, these things will start to add up and help you realize how much positivity is actually in your life.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">We hope that this information has helped you and thank you again for reaching out tonight. We are here to help you through this and so are the people in your life that care about you. If you want to talk more about what is going on or have any questions, you can certainly call one of our 24/7 Crisis Counselors at 1-800-448-3000 or utilize some of our other forms of communication through yourlifeyourvoice.org. We wish you well and hope you have a good rest of your weekend.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Sincerely,</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Derek, Counselor</span><br></p></div>12

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