16 Tweets You Might Need to See If You're Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts Today
This kind of news is always hard to hear, but may be especially hard for people who have struggled with suicidal thoughts, are currently struggling with their mental health or have lost a loved one to suicide. If you are hurting today, know you are not alone. If you need a hug or just someone to sit next to you silently, please reach out. If this news is too hard for you to process right now and you need to step away, please do.
Because we know this is a hard time for a lot of folks in the mental health community, we wanted to highlight some tweets that reflect support and compassion. A lot of them share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, but we also highlighted some that make an effort to “go further.” While it’s so important to share this number (1-800-273-8255), don’t forget there are other ways we can support each other as well. In the wake of this news, let’s strive to move toward one another with love and understanding, leaving judgment out of the equation altogether.
Here are some tweets we recommend reading if you are struggling today:
The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade this week are a reminder: No matter how successful, wealthy or seemingly happy you are, we all battle our own demons.
Reach out to one another. Destigmatize depression, addiction and anxiety.
We are all in this together.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 8, 2018
Today, I think, is a moment to listen to those who have experienced suicidal thoughts so that we can all better understand what they found most helpful in navigating that time in their lives, rather than imposing upon people a single notion of what “getting help” looks like.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) June 8, 2018
While we’re all talking about MH:
Realize for some, this may be triggering, and we’ll likely stay offline and silent. For those ppl, I understand and I support you until you’re ready. Sometimes we’ll never be ready and that’s okay too.
— swamp (@ahaalexis) June 8, 2018
National Suicide Hotline
1 800 273 8255
I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE. Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 8, 2018
everyone wants the disney version of mental health, where we help ourselves and become the heroes of our own lives, bootstraps. but we need to make our world more tolerable. we have to believe in treating each other better as much as we believe in intervention
— crissy (@crissymilazzo) June 8, 2018
When you are dealing with depression / hopelessness, do me a favor. Avoid clicking on things that perpetuate that feeling.
Doing so isn’t disrespectful to the people we’ve lost. It is an acknowledgment that their pain was real. Fight against that pain. Don’t click.#Bourdain
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) June 8, 2018
It’s totally okay to share the suicide prevention lifeline when a celebrity dies, but don’t make that your only effort to prevent suicide and raise awareness for mental health. Everyone can do more to help alleviate these problems.
— gabby frost (@gabby_frost) June 8, 2018
if you’re putting off picking up your meds refill bc you can’t pay for it or you are behind in paying your sliding scale shrink and dodging them, tell me, we need you on this side of the ground
— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) June 8, 2018
Reminder: Be careful how you talk about Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade at your workplace. You have no idea what a colleague may be experiencing. This isn't celebrity gossip, it's personal and can impact our ability to work and function. Be kind, professional, tactful and human.
— Ella Dawson is bisexual ????️???? (@brosandprose) June 8, 2018
You aren’t alone. You would be astounded how many understand. Surprise yourself. Step back from the edge. You are loved.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line: 741741
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 8, 2018
Once in the midst of a major depression, I was crying (I thought softly) to myself on the F train; it was crowded. Someone, as they got off, stuck a pack of tissues under my nose. That person kept me going another day. How has someone else that kept you going? #livethroughthis
— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) June 8, 2018
You don’t help people stay alive by shaming people who have died by suicide. You simply encourage the kind of silence and stigma that stops people getting help. The idea that mental illness is a ‘choice’, a result of your own free will. Illness is illness. Health is health.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) June 8, 2018
I understand the impulse to say “if you’re struggling, ask for help” but that can feel impossible & put even more pressure on people who are considering suicide. Instead, everyone should know to look for warning signs in their loved ones and know how to act. From Mayo Clinic: pic.twitter.com/stfJntKRsX
— Nicole Silverberg (@nsilverberg) June 8, 2018
theres something extra hard about struggling with suicidal ideation & depression at a time when so many people are taking their own lives. & every message you see from people talking about suicide makes you think "yeah but you don't get it" if this is you, i get it, i see you❤️
— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) June 8, 2018
Get proactive if you so much as sense your friends and family struggling. Do the work, because depression tells you that it is burdensome to those people to reach out. It always makes me furious when people respond to a suicide by saying to get help. Like, it's not that simple.
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) June 8, 2018
Remember that someone, somewhere, loves you. Be kind to yourselves and if you or someone you know is struggling, talk to someone! National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) June 8, 2018
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