Re: "If you are thinking about suicide...Read This First!" and then this

From: karen kaplan (
Wed Mar 1 11:45:34 2000

Thanks Helen - I didn't check this site yet, but I did read Final Exit last August, and it was an incredibly thoughtful, intelligent book on the subject. It helped me a lot, but my thoughts weren't because of the physical pain as much as the emotional pain of what had happened to my life. I was also going through a supervised withdrawal from post-op Xanax, which is a depressant.

Helen wrote: >I questioned if I should share this website at the forum; but then I >remembered having read at some time in the past that just talking about >suicide does not cause people to commit suicide; and that it is better >to help this person to talk about any suicidal thoughts he/she may have.
> It is when people don't talk openly, about topics such as this, that >problems develop. The content of this article is excellent!
>"Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for >coping with pain."
>"You can survive suicidal feelings if you do either of two things: (1.)
> find a way to reduce your pain, or (2.) find a way to increase your >coping resources."
>"If you are thinking about this first."

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