Suicide is a Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem
Feelings, like weather in some places (think Colorado Springs), are changeable. Wait 60 minutes or so and you’ll have a new view in the kaleidoscope of feelings.There are things we can do to change those feelings – even those deep depressive, hopeless feelings of suicide.
How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention by Susan Rose Blauner is a book that offers concrete choices for the person with suicidal thoughts. Blauner’s message is that this “feeling” is treatable, although for many it will require hard, consistent work and a good support team.
It also has a section for family and friends of such a hurting person. The author’s intent is to provide “ideas and suggestions…[as you] embrace the suicidal thinker and help that person back to life” (263).
I am still reading this useful book. When finished I’ll write a more comprehensive review (end of June after Retreat and school finals). I felt compelled to write this blurb because of the dream I woke up with this morning. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please get help today.
If you’d like/need prayer, I’d love to come alongside you as you deal with this for yourself or someone else. My email addy is susan (at) cnchurch (dot) org.
Edited to add: The author, Susan Blauner, left a message in the comment section. One thing she wants everyone to know is that she is available to answer questions at email@example.com.