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For those in "a dark place" Answered

We seem to be attracting a number of troubled souls at the moment.

Without wanting to reject any cries for help outright, most people here are ill-equipped to offer useful, non-judgemental advice.

If you are reading this in the UK, may I recommend The Samaritans?

I have had personal experience of their services when trying to help a close friend who tried to commit suicide, and I found them to be clear, rational people with a far better understanding of the depressed or teenage mind than I do.

Their website is http://www.samaritans.org
Their email address is jo@samaritans.org
Their phone number in the UK is 08457 90 90 90
Their phone number in the ROI is 1850 60 90 90

If you are not in the UK/ROI then they recommend using http://www.befrienders.org/ to find similar help and advice in your country.

As I said, this is not meant as a rejection - we will help if we can - but there are people infinitely better at providing suitable, non-judgemental, anonymous advice.

If any American readers know of similar organisations in the US, please add links to their websites.

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Cri-Z

11 years ago

hi guys thnx 4 the info but i havent really got any1 2 tlk 2. i havent excatly got the best of families cz they're all messed up themselves and as for my friends-dont go there.im afraid of going to the doctors cz i dont really no what to say and whether they will be able to help me so if any of you could spare a few minutes as ive felt depressed for several years i would really apreciate it or you cud email me @ Punk-Rocker-Criztal@hotmail.co.uk Thnx xx Cri-Z

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royalestelCri-Z

Reply 11 years ago

There's also some good things you can do as temporary measures, to untwist your thinking. I use it all the time. Goes like this: 1) Write down a thought that's depressing you. 2) Write down what you'd rather think instead. For this part, you must write down only those things you really, truly believe. 3) (VERY IMPORTANT!) Repeat. Do this for fifteen minutes a day and you will be feeling better, though you should still get professional help. I also write down what cognitive distortions the depressing thought contains to help me look at the thought more objectively. You can read more about this in "The Feeling Good Handbook" by David Burns, M.D.

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NachoMahmaCri-Z

Reply 11 years ago

> i dont really no what to say . Call and tell them you have been chronically depressed and are having suicidal thoughts (ideation in shrink-speak). This should get you an appointment within the next day or two. If you tell them you are _planning_ on committing suicide, they will probably see you immediately, but may want to keep you for a few days for observation. . > whether they will be able to help me . Odds are they can be a lot of help. Sometimes, just talking about it helps. Even if they can't help the depression, they can show you how to handle it better. . If you have been depressed for a while, it will probably take a while to get better - don't expect miracles overnight. Most of the drugs they use take a week or two to kick in. . . PS: I've been depressed most of my life. Drugs didn't do any good (although I've met many ppl who benefited from them), but the therapy helped. I no longer take the drugs and only see the shrink every 2-3 years. Still depressed, but I can handle it better now.

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GoodhartCri-Z

Reply 11 years ago

I honestly know the feeling.....but could you put up with chatting with an old codger like me ? LOL

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KentsOkay

11 years ago

Bump Dang I thought it had something to do with caving..

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whatsisface

11 years ago

I think this deserves a BUMP.

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NachoMahma

11 years ago

. Here in the US, most phone books have at least one toll-free number listed. Look in the "Useful Numbers", "Find It Fast", &c section (or the Yellow Pages) under "Suicide Prevention".

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GoodhartNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

And if it is critical, that is an emergency, in some areas in the USA it is 911, in others it is 411.

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Sunbanks

11 years ago

There are a lot of troubled souls on here lately...I think you can call 1-800-SUICIDE for help (not help commiting suicide)in the U.S. but I am not sure...It might have been a rumor...

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Brennn10

11 years ago

To add on, if you are in a school, and a counselor, teacher, adult, psychologist, TALK TO THEM. They will do a better job than us. Most of us here are not experienced to deal with your situations, so it is best to talk to an adult. If you ever feel the need to injure yourself in any way, SPEAK TO SOMEBODY. Please, don't make a temporary issue, a permanent one.