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64 Songs About Suicide and Suicide Prevention

Updated on August 14, 2017
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Music is a powerful communication tool.  Songs from this Save A Life Playlist aim to prevent suicide and raise awareness about its lasting impact on family, friends, and others.
Music is a powerful communication tool. Songs from this Save A Life Playlist aim to prevent suicide and raise awareness about its lasting impact on family, friends, and others. | Source

Life Does Get Better If You Can Hang On

I was 15 years old when a male friend drove his truck out to the middle of nowhere one night and didn't come back. He died by suicide, and a part of me went with him. Death by suicide runs deep in my family, across generations. I hated that it touched my friends, too.

Sadly, while the rest of his peers graduated, went off to college or the military, or found work in local factories, my friend missed out. The rest of his peers became adults and met the love(s) of their small town lives. They married, had children, and some of them divorced (in various orders, but that's okay).

They ventured to far flung locations to pursue careers that some of them would never have imagined as teenagers. He missed those adventures as well. He will always be frozen in time as a high school sophomore in the sad land of "What if?"

Why People Die by Suicide
Why People Die by Suicide

If your life has been touched by suicide loss as mine has been, this book provides an explanation for the reasons people turn to death by suicide, from neurobiological, genetic, cultural to learned reasons. It was written by a clinical psychologist whose own life was touched by suicide loss.

 

If you're struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, stop and seek help now. While it may feel like you're out of options, if you can just hang on, life does get better. If you don't have someone you can talk to, reach out to one of the crisis intervention resources listed in this article.

If you've experienced the loss by suicide of someone you care for and want to raise prevention awareness, we are kindred souls. This playlist consists of pop, rock, country, metal, and R&B songs that do not glorify suicide but rather seek to prevent self-harm and remind people that suicide permanently impacts many lives.

1. "Lullaby" by Nickelback

Sung from the perspective of someone who has been there, the narrator in this 2012 rock song expresses the urgency of turning away from the ledge of suicide. He tells his friend that they are not alone and expresses faith in their decision-making, even at the last moment.

Please let me take you
Out of the darkness and into the light
'Cause I have faith in you
That you're gonna make it through another night.
Stop thinking about the easy way out
There's no need to go and blow the candle out
Because you're not done.
You're far too young
And the best is yet to come.

2. "How To Save a Life" by The Fray

This 2005 was inspired by the lead singer's work with troubled teens. The song describes an example of how to listen non-defensively and provide the necessary support to someone who feels they are all out of options.

3. "Why" by Rascal Flatts

In this touching 2009 country song, the grieving narrator struggles to make sense of a 17-year-old friend's suicide. He wonders

  • why he didn't see it coming
  • if there was something he could have done to prevent the death and
  • what could possibly explain walking away "in the middle of a song."

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide Facts & Statistics

 
 
Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people such as immediate family members, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, friends, fellow students, health care providers, etc.
More than 50% of completed suicides are by firearm. Access to a firearm is a major predictor of completed suicide.
Males comprise 79% of all completed suicides. Women have more suicidal thoughts.
On average, one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes.
Physicians are more more than two times as likely to die by suicide as non-physicians.
In the United States, the months of March, April, and May demonstrate consistently higher rates of suicide than other months of the year.
A suicide note is left behind in only a minority of cases (10-35%).
A family history of suicide significantly increases suicide risk, regardless of whether a person is mentally ill.
At least 90% of people who complete suicide have a diagnosable mental illness at the time of death. Undiagnosed, undertreated, or untreated depression is common, for example.
Each day, an average of 20 American veterans die by suicide. Compared with nonmilitary civilians, veterans are at a 21% higher risk of suicide. Female veterans are at special risk.

4. "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.

This 1992 song was written with a teenage audience in mind, although its lyrics speak directly to anyone who is suffering. It tries to impress upon those who are depressed and contemplating suicide that they are not alone. Everyone hurts. Take comfort in your friends and hang on.

Reach Out For Help: Don't Suffer In Silence

If you are considering suicide, reach out for help.  There are many crisis resources available to assist you 24/7. Call the National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433).
If you are considering suicide, reach out for help. There are many crisis resources available to assist you 24/7. Call the National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433). | Source

National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)

If you or someone you know are depressed and considering suicide, call the National Hopeline Network at 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433). Your call is free and confidential. Or chat live with a crisis volunteer at http://hopeline.com/.

5. "Goodbye (I'm Sorry)" by Jamestown Story

The narrator in this 2007 song indicates that time has run out on him, and he is ready to leave this world behind. He has experienced abuse, an untreated emotional disorder, and deep feelings of worthlessness. With regret, he is saying goodbye.

Towards the end of the song, there is a sudden cut to brief spoken facts about suicide, plus a phone number for the National Hopeline Network (1.800.784.2433). Unfortunately, a 2011 version of the song omits this important information.

6. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day

Sung from the perspective of a depressed and lonely person, this 2004 song is about feeling isolated by one's personal problems. The narrator walks a boulevard of broken dreams, accompanied only by his shadow.

However, he offers that "sometimes I wish someone out there will find me." People who are suicidal often signal their intent to others.

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What Is A Survivor of Suicide Loss?

People who have lost someone they care about to suicide are referred to as "survivors of suicide loss."

As the ones left behind, they are often haunted for many years by guilt, anger, and questions that can never be answered. Survivors are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Their grief is also still stigmatized.

7. "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor

This classic 1970 song is one of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It references the death by suicide of James Taylor's childhood friend, Suzanne Schnerr, as well as his struggle with drug addiction and depression and his reflections on fame.

Taylor's lingering sense of loss is reflected in the song's famous refrain:

I've seen fire and I've seen rain.
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk with a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

8. "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" by Billy Joel

Billy Joel once attempted suicide, and he wrote this upbeat 1985 song for a teenage audience to remind them that it's okay to make mistakes. Between accidents, heartbreaks, and bad choices that leave you with a bad reputation — hey, life happens — you may feel like giving up, but stick it out.

The narrator promises that brighter times are ahead:

Don't forget your second wind
Sooner or later you'll feel that momentum kick in.

Feeling Like Your Path Ahead Is Closed? Seek Help Now

Help is available if you feel like you have run out of options.  Don't go it alone.
Help is available if you feel like you have run out of options. Don't go it alone. | Source

9. "Stay Alive" by Smile Empty Soul

Alternative rock offers up this soothing 2009 song that provides reassurance to anyone feeling stuck, like they're out of options. Even if you feel misunderstood, lied to, and like nothing is going right, stay alive. Even if you feel nothing is right in your head or you're in too deep, stay alive. Better days are ahead.

10. "The Last Night" by Skillet

One friend approaches another in this 2006 Christian rock song, intending to issue a final farewell. However, the friend senses the lie and promises to be their lifeline: "I won't let you say goodbye. I'll be your reason why."

11. "One Last Breath" by Creed

At first, this 2001 song's protagonist believes he's found the unfortunate road to nowhere and is in grave danger of falling. He is down to one last breath, struggling to survive. Then he finds the road to somewhere, reflects on his mistakes, and comes to believe that there is something left for him in this world.

12. "How Do You Get That Lonely" by Blaine Larsen

This 2005 song asks the question that many people ask, in disbelief. How do you get that lonely, feel that empty, hurt that bad that death seems like the only option? The protagonist is without blame and just doesn't understand. (If one has never experienced depression, this may be very hard to comprehend.)

Printed underneath a sports story in the local newspaper was an article about an 18-year-old who died by suicide. It didn't even make the front page, but it would change the lives of his family, friends, and others forever.

13. "That Year" by Brandi Carlisle

The narrator in this song from 2009 lost a classmate to suicide. As a traumatized survivor of suicide loss, she couldn't say his name for 10 years, but is now finally coming to terms with what happened:

You were lonesome and blue eyed
And so special to us
You should have taken a long break
Instead of a long drop from a high place.

14. "Never Too Late" by Three Days Grace

A man is desperately trying to convince someone he cares about that it's never too late to decide that you want to live rather than die. He explains that the world will never be what you expected. The song was released in 2006.

15. "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind

Step away from the ledge. That's what the narrator in this 1997 song tells his suicidal friend on the bridge. He validates that there may be difficult life challenges that seem monumental. Then he encourages him to face those demons down rather than trying to escape them this way.

16. "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss

This haunting 2003 country song illustrates that alcoholism plays a role in one-third of all completed suicides.

After a woman broke her lover's heart, he spent the rest of his life wrapped around a whiskey bottle, trying to forget. Eventually, however, they found him dead with a suicide note nearby. Guilt consumed her, and she also became an alcoholic who died in a similar manner. ONe broken relationship, two tragedies.

Most suicides occur during the beginning of the week.
Most suicides occur during the beginning of the week. | Source

17. "Hold On" by Wilson Philips

This empowering song from 1990 provides hope and encouragement for people who feel distressed, unhappy, and stepped upon by others. It promises that change is indeed possible if you can simply make it through the short-term circumstances of today:

Don't you know things can change
Things'll go your way
If you hold on for one more day
Can you hold on for one more day?

18. "By the Grace of God" by Katy Perry

In this emotional 2013 song, a protagonist experienced a heartbreak and found herself being blamed for the unraveled relationship. Feeling defeated, she lay on the bathroom floor in tears. With determination and the help of her sister, she decided to stay alive:

By the grace of God
There was no other way
I picked myself back up
I knew I had to stay
I put one foot in front of the other
And I looked in the mirror
And decided to stay
Wasn't gonna let love take me out that way.

19. "Hey Stoopid" by Alice Cooper

Yep, seriously. You wouldn't expect this 1991 song from "The Godfather of Shock Rock." The song addresses the person who might be considering ending their life by telling them in no-nonsense terms that it's a terrible idea and they're not alone.

Suicide is associated with diagnosable mental illness.  Most often this includes depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse.
Suicide is associated with diagnosable mental illness. Most often this includes depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. | Source

Crisis Text Line number 741741

If you're in crisis and prefer to text rather than call, then here's a confidential crisis line staffed nationally by trained counselors in texting and suicide prevention. Text "HOME" to 741741 from anywhere in the United States.

Suicide Warning Signs

TALK - If a person talks about:
BEHAVIOR - Specific things to look out for include:
MOOD - People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods
Being a burden to others
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Depression
Feeling trapped
Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
Loss of interest
Experiencing unbearable pain
Acting recklessly
Rage
Having no reason to live
Withdrawing from activities
Irritability
Having no reason to live
Isolating from family and friends
Humiliation
 
Sleeping too much or too little
Anxiety
 
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
 
 
Giving away prized possessions
 
 
Aggression
 
Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

20. "Save Me" by Shinedown

In this 2005 hard rock song, a substance-addicted narrator living on the streets has reached his rock bottom. Now desperate to preserve his life rather than destroy it, he pleads, "Somebody save me. Please don't erase me."

Even More Songs About Suicide and Suicide Prevention

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Don't Give Up
Peter Gabriel (featuring Kate Bush)
1986
22. Make It Stop (September's Children)
Rise Against
2011
23. On a Bus to St. Cloud
Trisha Yearwood
1995
24. Rise Above This
Seether
2008
25. A Day Without Me
U2
1980
26. Bad Luck
Social Distortion
1992
27. Stole
Kelly Rowland
2002
28. Haunted
Kelly Clarkson
2007
29. With a Broken Wing
Martina McBride
1997
30. Don't Let Me Get Me
Pink
2002
31. She's Falling Apart
Lisa Loeb
2002
32. Take One Breath
The Spill Canvas
2014
33. Zero
Hawk Nelson
2006
34. Shine
Vanessa Amorosi
2000
35. F*ckin' Perfect
Pink
2010
36. The Outsider
A Perfect Circle
2003
37. Joining You
Alanis Morrisette
1998
38. Stand In the Rain
Superchick
2006
39. Welcome to My Life
Simple Plan
2004
40. Wonderful Life
Hurts
2010
41. In a New York Minute
Don Henley
1990
42. Hold On
Good Charlotte
2003
43. Save You
Kelly Clarkson
2009
44. Suicide Alley
Shawn Colvin
1996
45. Sweet Old World
Lucinda Williams
1992
46. The Pass
Rush
1989
47. Don't Close Your Eyes
Kix
1988
48. Reason To Live
KISS
1987
49. Answer
Sarah McLachlan
2004
50. The Last Letter
Michael W. Smith
1985
51. The Light
Disturbed
2015
52. 1-800-273-8255
Logic (featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
2017
53. Move Along
The All-American Rejects
2005
54. Truce
Twenty One Pilots
2012
55. Friend, Please
Twenty One Pilots
2009
56. No Giving Up
Crossfade
2004
57. Out of Control
Oingo Boingo
1990
58. Staying Alive
Cursive
2003
59. Life Left To Go
SafetySuit
2008
60. Rise Above This
Seether
2007
61. You’re Not Alone
Saosin
2006
62. Missing You
All Time Low
2015
63. Come Out Fighting
Pennywise
1991
64. The Great Escape
Pink
2012
Got a song suggestion for this playlist? Leave us a comment in the Comments Section below.

The Grandparents May Be At Risk, Too

Suicide in the elderly is rarely impulsive.  It may be motivated by the loss of friends and loved ones, pets and diminished autonomy and health.  White men 85 and older die by suicide at rates four times higher that of any other age group.
Suicide in the elderly is rarely impulsive. It may be motivated by the loss of friends and loved ones, pets and diminished autonomy and health. White men 85 and older die by suicide at rates four times higher that of any other age group. | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 5 days ago from USA

      Gordon Clay - Added! Thank you for the information.

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      Gordon CLay 6 days ago

      Please add the Crisis Text Line number 741741 (no dash) Over 90% of teens in crisis will not call a crisis phone line. They don't even talk on their cell phones. But they do text and the Crisis Text Line 741741 (no dash) number has been around for four years, has received over 45 million texts, is a free 24/7 confidential crisis line staffed nationally by trained counselors in texting and suicide prevention. PLEASE include this number wherever you have the national suicide helpline.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 days ago from USA

      AaronsGirl73 - Gosh, I wish I could edit the poll without resetting the thousands who answered, but you can select friend. It was my oversight.

      I'm so sorry for your loss. Please surround yourself with goodness, strength, and people who want to embrace you and push you ahead in a healthy way when you feel unable to stand on your own. You are numb now, but you can get through this. Please lean on the support of a qualified professional with experience in helping people with suicide loss. I've walked a similar path.

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      AaronsGirl73 8 days ago

      If you can edit the poll, significant others (boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/partner) need to be added. My (more than) best friend/love committed suicide two days ago. I'm reeling. I went to check that option, but it wasn't there.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      jennywren33 - Not a problem. I've just had so many people do it that I needed to end it recently. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks again for stopping by.

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      jennywren33 2 weeks ago

      Oh sorry, I saw others posted links so I thought it would be okay. Apologies. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Jenny - I had to take the link out of your comment, but thanks for reading.

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      jennywrenn33 2 weeks ago

      Great thread. How about a little known artist Nic Evennett. Sings about recovery amongst other things and there's always hope in her songs. but this one gets me.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Timbra - Thank you for this song suggestion!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA

      Andrew - Thank you for this song suggestion.

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      Andrew 8 weeks ago

      I have a song suggestion, too

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCeBNwBUkcI

      twenty one pilots - Truce

      A really deep song and can bring you to tears.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Chayse mclean - Thank you for your words of support to people who are going through difficult circumstances. There are people who face challenges that you and I cannot even imagine, but death is not the answer. Life can sometimes feel conflicted and empty, but it does get better. Thank you again for your words of light and love.

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      Chayse mclean 2 months ago

      Inside the fire disturbed. I'm a 12 year old boy and I have noticed the ages of suicide happen during 13 and up. I'm not sure y I think it's just all the pressure and anxiety but I'm 12 so I don't know there is spme1 who thinks about u every second u don't think there is but there are people who love you more than anything life is amazing for all we know atm you only get 1 shot( depends if you believe in reincarnation) please never attempt suicide

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Rennia - Excellent suggestion! I will add it as #53.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Aunt Jenny - I will add this song as #51. Please remember that there are people who look to you for an example (even those you don't know are looking), those who want you here and appreciate you. Reach our to others who can help you when you need to and stay on your treatment plan so you can remain with people who care.

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      Aunt Jenny 3 months ago

      Just a suggestion for the list... Disturbed's "The Light"

      https://youtu.be/_LypjOTTH6E

      My boyfriend found it and shared it with me when I got out of the hospital for suicidal ideation a while ago.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Paula - As have I! haha

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I like that! Frankly, I've been called worse! LOL.....:)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Paula - I guess that makes us Goofettes! A big internet hug to you!

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh WOW....FA, we're related obviously! Both of our Dads are/were from the Goofy Family!! My Dad, (among many other things) was a musician, played Sax, wrote songs & sang acapella harmony with his 3 brothers! We literally grew up with music in our blood! No doubt my Dad, much older than yours,his music was Big Band Era (of which I am a huge fan!)

      Once again, I discover we are all brothers and sisters in one way or another!! Have a nice day. P

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Paula - Thanks for visiting and for your words of endorsement. I really enjoy doing these playlists -- figuring out new topics, what songs should go in there, etc. I grew up with a goofy dad who sang songs on the radio and changed the lyrics. It's brought back some great memories.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      William - Thank you for your suggestion. I have added it and hope that it speaks to people. Have a good day!

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      FA....Just love these song hubs of yours! Each one you have published is unique and interesting, not to mention, very nice walks down Memory Lane. I keep reminding myself to back up and check out the ones I may have missed in the past!

      Your original decision to do these special niche hubs was ingenious!

      This one is sad but still beautiful...so emotional. Bravo once again, FA......Peace, Paula

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      William 3 months ago

      "The Last Letter" by Michael W. Smith from the album "The Big Picture" released in 1985 is one of the most uplifting songs about teen suicide I have encountered.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Tony - I've added your song suggestion to a playlist about supporting someone and being there: http://hubpages.com/playlists/Songs-About-Supporti...

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Tony - I'm sorry you feel like no one knows the real you. Please reach out to someone who can help you. What you are experiencing may be the result in part at least of your biochemistry. You can live a happier, brighter life.

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      Tony 3 months ago

      People see me as happy and helpful. Sadly they don't see inside me . They ask if I'm ok but do they really care. They think they know about depression. I don't think so. I do but I'll keep them guessing. Answer by Sarah Mclachlen describes the way I feel.

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      YoungAndLost - Thank You for the suggestion. It's a good song but I didn't include it because it didn't seem to fit the mission of trying to prevent suicide. If you are lost, I hope you reach out now to talk to someone who can help you. There IS hope.

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      YoungAndLost 6 months ago

      I truly love these songs, however I think the song "You Found Me" also by The Fray should be here

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Sheri - I agree, and that's why I have chosen those life AFFIRMING songs. More importantly, since she was playing a depressing song like that on a loop and has suffered a recent breakup, start a conversation with her now about what she is thinking and feeling. Please.

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      Sheri 7 months ago

      My daughter was playing a song on a loop yesterday, it's about suicide, I'm pretty sure it's because she is suffering from a recent breakup. I don't know the name of it, but it's from 2016, the music is nice but the words are depressing and I think sometimes these songs encourage it or send a person deeper into that pit of despair rather than prevent it.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Angie - Thank you for the suggestions on this important topic that is close to my heart. I have added them. Have a great week.

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      Angie 7 months ago

      I've got three more songs you can add

      The Pass- RUSH

      Don't Close Your Eyes-KIX

      Reason To Live - KISS

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      FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

      Peg - I'm so sorry for your losses. It is something that sticks with you. I'm also grateful for the kind words others have spoken at critical moments and for simply being present and soothing. If there was one thing I wish well-intentioned people would never ever say it is, "This, too, shall pass." Sometimes it never quite does. Several people have said that to me and it comes off as cruel, insensitive and heartless.

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      Peg Cole 9 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Unfortunately, I can think of a few people who took this route: former boyfriend, former bosses. Sometimes all it takes to prevent the act is a kind word of compassion or a thought provoking comment from a professional counselor or a family member. I'm grateful for the words once spoken to me during a vulnerable time. Great song selections and care in choosing the music.

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      FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

      Kel - I couldn't find a "Jacob's Song" but am familiar with "Adam's Song" by the same group. I didn't include it because it doesn't focus on prevention. Let me know if there's a "Jacob's Song" that I'm missing.

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      Kel 10 months ago

      Blink 182 made a song as well called Jacob's song

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Kislanyk - Thank you for taking the time to comment. I was especially careful in choosing songs that didn't seem to promote harm.

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      Kislanyk 11 months ago

      Some great songs here, some that I didn't even know about. The lyrics are so emotional, and this topic is one that has to be spoken about. Well done.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      vespawoolf - The lyrics can be surprising sometimes! We often sing along (or at least sing some version of what we think the song is) and don't stop to think about the message. I hope people internalize that help is available, no matter how dreary life may seem. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      vespawoolf 11 months ago from Peru, South America

      I'm glad you've used your experience with suicide to spread awareness of the subject and help others. These are beautiful songs, but I had no idea they were about suicide! If anything, your song articles have taught me to pay more attention to song lyrics. Thank you for this useful and meaningful article.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - It's my hope that someone will look up these songs and perhaps find the resource information they didn't know they wanted or needed. What I wouldn't give to have been able to prevent the death of my friend, for example. I had no idea, and that was the most painful thing. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Faith Reaper 11 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, Flourish, so glad you included the help lines, etc., here, so important. Such a sad thing to know that someone did not want to live another day and no one intervened or were even aware of that person hurting so much they were thinking of harming themselves to no return. If only they could hold on for another day, as there is always hope, I believe.

      These are amazing songs to bring awareness. That first one really is beautiful.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Nadine - I'm glad that you and angels like you were there to help them. Anyone who is considering suicide, I hope they reach out for help.

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      Nadine May 11 months ago

      Your post made me think of the times I was a counselor with Life Line. Many people phoned in who were lonely,depressed and some were about to take their own life. Sad sad sad

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thank you for reading. I hope you are well and are enjoying life in Croatia. Good to see you active again on HubPages.

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      DDE 11 months ago

      Beautiful songs and lots to keep in mind.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Larry - Thank you for reading. Glad you are back. Missed you.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Linda - Thank you for your kind comment. As a psychologist and someone who has personally lost cousins, a grandmother, an uncle, a friend, and others in my life to suicide, I wouldn't have had it any other way. Nor would I put glorifying songs here because it's an ugly, sad and desperate thing one does to oneself and those s/he knows.

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      Linda Crampton 11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm so glad that this article includes helpful information for people as well as a music playlist. Thank you very much for creating the article, Flourish, especially in this month of the year.

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      Larry Rankin 11 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great list!

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Linda - Thank you. There is tremendous stigma. It's a subject no one wants to touch.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Heidi - My wish as well. There's some evidence that abnormal serotonin levels are in play in some circumstances.

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      Heidi Thorne 11 months ago from Chicago Area

      I wish we didn't have to have songs on this tragic subject! Luckily, I haven't known anyone personally who struggled with it, but I know some who have had friends or family affected by it. Thank you for raising awareness!

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      Linda Lum 11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I believe that every person has been touched in some way by suicide. Thank you for speaking out on a topic that it seems people are ashamed to discuss. The play list is touching. You've done good work here. Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      MsDora - Thank you. Its effects can last a lifetime for those left behind.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      This one is so touching. I appreciate the facts on suicide. Shows how many are touched who might no think that they are close enough to be affected. You always find empowering lyrics.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Linda - I love that song, too. Alison Krauss has such an amazing voice, and the lyrics speak right to the heart on the nature of self-destructive behavior.

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Bill - Sadly, you're right. I'm hoping that if folks could just stop and talk to someone, they could be connected to resources that could change their permanent, irrevocable choice. Be well and have a lovely week, my friend.

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      Linda Bilyeu 11 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Oh my, Whiskey Lullaby is such an amazing song, story, video and lesson to all. I could never tire of hearing it.

      A great way to raise awareness to suicide prevention month!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I thought of far too many when I read the title.....suicide is just so tragic.....I would say senseless, but it makes perfect sense to the person checking out.