95 Songs About Suicide and Suicide Prevention

Updated on January 10, 2019
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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
Killing themselves
Isolating from family and friends
Humiliation
Feeling hopeless
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
65. Angel and Airwaves
Angel Haze
2013
66. One More Light
Linkin Park
2017
67. Heavy
Linkin Park
2017
68. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
Don McLean
1971
69. You Will Be Found
Ben Platt & the Cast of Dear Evan Hanson
2015
70. 24 Floors
The Maine
2015
71. Imperfection
Evanescence
2017
72. Easy Way Out
Low Roar
2014
73. Home
Foo Fighters
2007
74. Keep Talking
Pink Floyd
1994
75. The World I Know
Collective Soul
1995
76. Asleep
The Smiths
1986
77. Don't Close Your Eyes
Kix
1988
78. One More Day
Andrew Case and Laura J. Miller
2018
79. Forest for the Trees
Huey Lewis and the News
1986
80. Seasons in the Sun
Terry Jack
1973
81. I Need a Miracle
Third Day
2012
82. When It Rains
Paramore
2007
83. Lullabies
All Time Low
2005
84. Ghost
Badflower
2018
85. The Strong
Eva Under Fire
2018
86. Put the Gun Down
Andy Black
2016
87. Savior
Black Veil Brides
2011
88. Get Up
Shinedown
2018
89. Don't Try Suicide
Queen
1980
90. Gray Sky
311
2003
91. Permanent
Holding Absence
2017
92. My Tomorrow
Dead by April
2014
93. Hold On
Chord Overstreet
2017
94. Don't You Dare Forget the Sun
Get Scared
2012
95. Still Breathing
Green Day
2016
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

Questions & Answers

  • I am 13 years old, and my father died by suicide when I was younger. I just want to see him again. I cut to help my pain, but it doesn't seem to cure my feelings. Whenever I ask for help, my mom ignores me. However, she got my brother a therapist, a psychiatrist, and meds. Ever since my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I can't connect with her. My step-dad sucks, and I want to get away from here. I am helpless, and I just want to be with my dad again, what am I supposed to do?

    I'm deeply concerned about you. My father lost his mother and brother to suicide as a teenager, and the grief is lifelong.

    First, if you lost your father to suicide at such a young age and didn't have a strong support system, there are likely lingering issues that you need help in dealing with to lead a healthy life. Having a family member who died by suicide puts one at higher risk oneself. Now, you have a mother who is facing cancer. I'm sorry about this. This is another big struggle for such a young person.

    It's probably the case that since your mother has been so deeply and personally impacted by your dad's suicide that she has not been equipped to be there for you then or now, particularly with her recent cancer diagnosis.

    I do congratulate you on recognizing your need for help and asking for it. I'm sorry that your mother isn't responding to get you the professional assistance you are requesting. Please redouble your efforts by enlisting the support of an adult relative who cares or another trusted adult like a teacher, coach, school counselor, family physician, a friend of the family, etc. Be candid, using blunt language when describing the problem, so they know exactly what you're saying.

    Second, cutting is not going to solve your emotional pain, and I think on some level you know that. Does your mother know you are cutting? Rather than trying to relieve your anxiety and pain through cutting, please seek an outlet that is healthier. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Exercise releases a natural feel-good drug called endorphins to the body and can be a positive alternative. Meditation and relaxation breathing are other options for stress release. You can even try journal writing instead to get your feelings out. Please pursue what works for you while you seek professional help.

    Third, I'm going to reiterate at the end of my comments below the suicide prevention resources that were mentioned in the article. Also, because you mentioned that your step-father sucks and you seem so desperate to get away, I'm going to provide you with another resource: the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800) 4-A-Child or (1-800) 422-4453, available 24/7. Contact them if you need their type of assistance as well.

    Fourth, there's an organization, Survivors of Suicide Loss, that has some good online resources that I'd like for you to take a look at.

    These are the types of resources that I wish were available when I lost my friend to suicide. Here's their link: https://www.soslsd.org/resources/. They have free downloadable suicide loss books for parents, teens, and children (3 different books) to help different audiences understand their grief.

    Also available is a Handbook of Survivors of Suicide Loss from the American Academy of Suicidology: https://www.soslsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/... Please be sure to access this terrific resource as well: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevent... It describes action steps to take if you are feeling suicidal.

    NOW THE SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP NUMBERS FROM THE ARTICLE AGAIN:

    If you are in crisis and feel like you may harm yourself, call 911 for immediate life-saving assistance. You may also contact one of the following resources for talk or text support:

    1) 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/.

    2) 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, seven days a week.

    Note that the National Suicide Prevention website lists additional, special hotline numbers for Spanish speakers, people with hearing impairments and veterans in crisis, and people facing distress related to natural disasters: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-some...

    3) Crisis Text Line Number 741741

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

    Again, I am concerned about you. I'm sorry you have been faced with these complicated series of life events, particularly at such an early age. We need you HERE with us. The world is a better place with you in it. Your dad would want you to stick it out. I'm certain of that.

  • I am a 12-year-old girl who is going through a tough time with family and friends. I'm losing a friend one by one, day by day. Sometimes, I feel like I should disappear off the face of the earth, and I fear that I may try to hurt myself. Do you have a solution to my problem?

    Sweet girl, you're at an extremely challenging age right now, and I hope you are forgiving with yourself. Just breathe. Middle school is so very hard, with the gossip and friendship groups. Hormones are starting to take over your body. Friends -- especially girls -- at this time in your life are often possessive, dramatic, and bullies. They use relationships as weapons against one another. No wonder your emotions are taking a hit. You're not alone.

    You need a wise, adult, stabilizing force in your life, someone you can talk to nonjudgmentally to help you get through these years. I bet your parents want to be that force but don't know how. Help them by trying to open up, even if it's awkward at first. (I understand because I have a daughter who is now 18 who was always very open with what was going on in her life. (We had a policy that whatever it was that was bothering her, it was better to share it with me and let me help than to have me find out another way or to have the problem grow bigger.)

    I want you to promise me that you'll talk to your parents or at least another trusted adult (a relative, school counselor, someone who listens and cares about you). Tell them how you are feeling.

    If you cannot do that for some reason and you reach a crisis point where you feel like hurting yourself, here are several crisis lines:

    1) 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/.

    2) 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.

    Note that the National Suicide Prevention website lists additional, special hotline numbers for Spanish speakers, people with hearing impairments and veterans in crisis, and people facing distress related to natural disasters: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-some...

    3) Crisis Text Line Number 741741

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

  • I am 16 years old, and my mom keeps telling me that I’m a burden to her and one day she’ll abandon me. She makes me feel terrible, and I can’t stand it. My parents divorced when I was six. My father died when I was 11. The next year, my uncle died. He was like a father to me. His death really hurt me, and it still does. I was always a top student, trying my best, but it’s no use. I feel really worthless, and I want to end my life. What should I do?

    You've had a very difficult life so far, and I'm sorry for the shame you've felt and personal losses that you have experienced. Please don't have tunnel vision by assuming that your life will always be this way. You have the power to plot your own course in life. Don't give up on yourself by making an irreversible decision.

    Sadly, we cannot choose our parents or control their behavior. Your mother does not seem to be coping well, and she is taking out her stress on you. Sure, adulting is stressful just as being a teen is difficult, but YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME for her poor coping skills. It's likely that she doesn't understand the impact of her words.

    Turn to friends, trusted relatives, teachers, or a school counselor, for example, who believe in you and can provide you with understanding, encouragement, and positive affirmation. Keep your grades up, as education (even community college) can be your way out, and you owe it to yourself to do your best. Stay away from alcohol and drugs and any temptation to escape your current situation in an unhealthy manner.

    You're at a vulnerable age in your life, and I'm asking you to re-commit yourself to YOU because the world is better with you in it. You are worth the investment.

    If you are in crisis and feel like you may harm yourself, call 911 for immediate life-saving assistance. You may also contact one of the following resources for talk or text support:

    1) 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/.

    2) 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, seven days a week.

    Note that the National Suicide Prevention website lists additional, special hotline numbers for Spanish speakers, people with hearing impairments and veterans in crisis, and people facing distress related to natural disasters: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-some...

    3) Crisis Text Line Number 741741

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

  • I believed the relationship with the love of my life would last forever. I forgot, however, that people change. She was my drug when I was depressed, but now that she is gone I can't breathe. I have nothing besides her. What should I do?

    I'm concerned that you refer to your ex as your drug. No healthy person wants to be depersonalized as you describe. What were you bringing to the table in the relationship if she was your "drug?"

    People are not drugs to be exploited for one's self-medication, particularly in excess and to the extent that it is toxic for both parties. They instead have feelings, thoughts, and free will to consent to love relationships. Relationships require give and take. They should not be used as substitutes for seeking professional help for mental illness and doing the hard but worthwhile work that is involved in therapy. I suspect you may have been using her as a substitute for seeking professional help for your depression. That's not fair to her, nor is it good for you.

    Since she has left you, I recommend that you let your ex and her memory go and learn from the situation. Work on addressing your depression and any other issues you are struggling with by seeking help from a professional counselor or therapist. There is absolutely no shame in that. Before you attempt to be in a love relationship, you need first to be healthy yourself. Go forward and seek to be as healthy as you dare!

  • I'm losing myself. It's like I'm about to fall into a very dark cave and the people that are holding me are slowly letting go. I just want to hide from the world, and go "home." I need help, but I'm not sure if I can say that out loud. So I'm asking it this way: How can I stay?

    My sweet friend, you've done the right thing in acknowledging to yourself that you feel like you are sinking. The world wants you to stay here among us. Just because you are unhappy now doesn't mean it'll always be this way.

    Please don't feel disappointed in your social support system or yourself. It's likely that one or more of the following are true:

    1) While those around you who love and care for you want desperately to make it all better, they don't have the right skills, experience, or insights to do so. Thus, the deeper you fall, the more confused they feel about how to help.

    2) They may not understand that the gravity of your issues includes suicide unless you have been absolutely explicit with them about it -- and even then denial may be at play.

    3) You may very well have a biochemical imbalance such as clinical depression that could be remedied with medicine if you saw a professional.

    If you are in crisis now, immediately contact 911, one of the crisis lines mentioned in this article, or one in your community. We need you here, and we need you feeling well.

    If you are not at immediate risk of self-harm, then contact a clinical or counseling psychologist, psychiatrist, or another qualified mental health professional for an appointment. Do this today. You could start with the names your insurance plan permits. You can also ask your family, friends, and family doctor for recommendations. If your income is limited, there are many that provide services on a "sliding fee schedule." A social support system is crucial, but I cannot emphasize enough that you need to get to a professional who can help you.

    As far as general strategies for hanging on, here's what I can offer:

    1) make a gratitude list of all the things for which you are thankful for, no matter how big or small. Perhaps write a paragraph about each: your friend who does the awkward celebrity impressions, your dog and his sloppy wet kisses, the way your mom sings off key to 5 Seconds of Summer and thinks she's nailing it, being an American, the smell of fresh cut grass, Chick-Fil-A -- whatever is important to you.

    This list is more than a distraction. It's an evolving list of the reasons why despite all the shitty things that go on in this world, it's worth having you tough it out and stay here for the long haul.

    2) If you find yourself in a bind, feeling like you might harm yourself, STOP. Do what you need to do to delay acting on the deadly impulse. Tell yourself you're going to discuss your decision with three people first to see what they think. (That's what you'd do with any other major life decision, right? You'd talk to people -- probably several of them.) Then, call 911, a crisis line, or your therapist for help. Or decide to wait a day or a week, then another. Postpone it until the feeling passes. This is not a substitute for getting urgent help but rather a way to keep you here until you can get access to the resources you desperately need.

    3) Keep trying to share your feelings with your social support system, and let them know the severity of your dark feelings. If you cannot say the words out loud, the write them down. Ask for their help, and be specific. You need them, just as they need you.

    4) Build yourself a safety net by removing firearms from your home and avoiding alcohol and drugs which could impair rational thinking.

    I reiterate that the world needs you here and feeling well. Please stay here with us.

© 2016 FlourishAnyway

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      noone - Thanks for your comment. No, there's not.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Freddy - Thank you for this suggestion. I've added it to the playlist, "Songs About Sorrow, Grief, and Lost Loved Ones." I appreciate you.

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      Freddy 

      2 months ago

      A Song that has been a great comfort in difficult times...

      The Wind - Mariah Carey

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      K.s. - I hope you feel better soon. Use the crisis numbers above if you need them. Music is often a way to bring calm, lift your mood, or connect with others. I've always found it helpful knowing that others experience similar emotions and challenges. Be good to yourself.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      syd - Thanks for the suggestions. Ghost was already on the list, but I added the other two. I appreciate you. Have a great rest of your week. Pardon the delay, as I just returned from vacation.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Spencer - Thank you for the suggestion. I've added the song at #95. Have a great rest of your week!

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      K.s. 

      3 months ago

      This is very helpful, thank you very much. Music is my way to relate back to my emotions and calm down when feeling overwhelmed. I'd also suggest disease by Beartooth, and s.o.s by the glorious sons, also I refuse by five finger death punch. They are all newer-ish rock songs that have been my soundtrack lately when I'm depressed, along with many already on your list.

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      Spencer 

      3 months ago

      Still Breathing by Green Day

      I suggested this on the "songs about depression" as well as I think it fits on both.

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      syd 

      3 months ago

      ghost- badflower

      hold on- chord overstreet

      dont you dare forget the sun- get scared

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      John Doe - Thank you for the song suggestion, "My Tomorrow." I'll add it to the playlist.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      BlueEyes - Thanks for the suggestion. Continue to connect to others who care and can make a positive impact on your life. Keep the resources that I provided close at hand. I believe in you, and we need you here in this world. You are a strong and beautiful person. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Lolo - Thanks for the suggestion. I've added it to the playlist.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Thatbrokenone - You're not broken. You'd be surprised to know that you're just like the rest of us -- fallible, human, vulnerable, and ultimately yes, able to stand again. Your comment was mistakenly labeled as spam so I'm just now seeing it. Thank you for the song suggestion. Keep your chin up and be true to yourself. Know that you're incredible.

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      BlueEyes 

      3 months ago

      Hi. Thank you for the article. I think that Permanent by Holding Absence would be a great addition to this list.

      'You want to die today, you don't wanna die forever'. It's helped me stay alive so far

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      Lolo 

      3 months ago

      Gray Sky by 311

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      chrystal212 - I've added the song to the playlist. The playlist is filled with songs that are life-affirming.

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      Chrystal212 

      3 months ago

      Shinedown - Get Up.

      this is my 'when i want to give up' song i think this kind of lists should have songs about beating this more than about suffering through it without a way out :)

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      Thatbrokenone 

      4 months ago

      Don't try suicide - Queen.

      the title is a bit direct, but it's great and it keeps me going sometimes

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      Ash - Thank you for these two additions. I have included them both.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Anonymous - I agree! I've added it to the playlist. Thanks for suggesting it. Have a good day!

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      Anonymous 

      6 months ago

      The Strong By Eva Under Fire

      It's a beautiful song!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      blue16 - I'm deeply concerned about you. My own father lost his mother and brother to suicide as a teenager, and the grief is lifelong.

      First, if you lost your father to suicide at such a tender age and didn't have a strong support system, there are likely lingering issues that you need help in dealing with in order to lead a healthy life. Having a family member who died by suicide puts one at higher risk oneself.

      It's probably the case that since your mother was so deeply and personally impacted as well that she may not be equipped to be there for you then or now.

      I do congratulate you for recognizing the need for help and asking for it. I'm sorry that your mother isn't responding to get you the professional assistance you are requesting. Please redouble your efforts by enlisting the support of an adult relative who cares or another trusted adult like a teacher, school counselor, family physician, friend of the family, etc. Be candid, using blunt language when describing the problem so they know exactly what you're saying. Also know that if you are 18, you don't need parental permission to see a doctor or therapist. If you're on Mom's insurance, just discuss with her so you have your insurance card and work out the payment details with her. There may also be clinics in your community with sliding scales available.

      Second, cutting is not going to solve your emotional pain, and I think on some level you know that. Does your mother know you are cutting? Rather than trying to relieve your anxiety and pain through cutting, please seek an outlet that is healthier. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Exercise releases a natural feel-good drug called endorphins to the body and can be a positive alternative. Meditation and relaxation breathing are other options for stress release. Please pursue what works for you while you seek professional help.

      Third, I'm going to reiterate at the end of my comments below the suicide prevention resources that were mentioned in the article. In addition, because you mentioned that your step-father is a "horrible man" and I don't exactly know how you mean that, I'm going to provide you with another resource: the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800) 4-A-Child or (1-800) 422-4453, available 24/7. Contact them if you need their assistance as well.

      Fourth, there's an organization, Survivors of Suicide Loss, that has some good online resources that I'd like for you to take a look at.

      These are the types of resources that I wish were available when I lost my friend to suicide. Here's their link: https://www.soslsd.org/resources/. They have free downloadable suicide loss books for parents, teens, and children (3 different books) to help different audiences understand their grief.

      Also available is a Handbook of Survivors of Suicide Loss from the American Academy of Suicidology: https://www.soslsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/... Please be sure to access this terrific resource as well: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevent... It describes action steps to take if you are feeling suicidal.

      NOW THE SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP NUMBERS AGAIN:

      If you are in crisis and feel like you may harm yourself, call 911 for immediate life-saving assistance. You may also contact one of the following resources for talk or text support:

      1) 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/.

      2) 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, seven days a week.

      3) Crisis Text Line Number 741741

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

      blue16, again, I am concerned about you. Ultimately, only YOU can save you, but I trust that you will take the steps necessary to stay with us in this world. We need you here with us. The world is a better place with you in it.

      Kindest regards,

      FlourishAnyway

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      blue16 

      6 months ago

      My dad commit suicide when I was 5 and then my mom married this horrible man. I feel like I won't ever be myself again. I cut to help the pain but its just getting worse. Whenever I try to get help my mom rolls her eyes and doesn't even care but when my brother asks for help she immediately takes him to a therapist and gets him meds and a psychiatrist. Ever since my mom was diagnosed with cancer it seems I don't even know who she is anymore. If I can't get help what do I do?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Me - Ghost is #84 on the song list. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Be well.

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      Me 

      6 months ago

      Ghost by badflower

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      stevensondr2 - Thank you for the song suggestions. Be well.

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      stevensondr2 

      6 months ago

      Two songs that are definitely missing from this list are Fingertips by Tapping the Vein & A Quitter by Rasputina. I have been looking for something similar to those two.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Randy - That was a very powerful comment and personal account. Please do what you need to do to stay strong and stay with us HERE on earth. You are good enough, and we need you.

      Thank you for your service and the bravery exhibited in telling your story here. The more that servicemen and servicewomen such as yourself and Jason Kander (Kansas City mayor candidate who dropped out of race, citing PTSD and suicidal thoughts) come forward and talk honestly about the struggle, the more lives will be saved. I wish you all the best, FlourishAnyway

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      Randy 

      6 months ago

      22. That is the number of u.s. service men and women who take their own lives on a daily basis. I have been very close to being part of this staggering statistic. The loneliness thar comes from either surviors guilt or just not feeling like you fit into this huge world is a big reason for this. Me personally it was the feeling of not being good enough for anything else. At thr time of my attempt i was stagnet in life and everything i touched seemed to crumble to the ground. I still struggle with all of this on the daily. Music ans wrighting are what keeps me above the darkness even if its just above

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Lisa shyone - Thanks for giving me a heads up about this band. I did actually listen to the song as well as take a look at the lyrics. Initially, I didn't put it on the playlist because the lyrics seemed not to clearly enough advocate anti-suicide. However, I just read an article in Forbes as well as some additional on-line comments that people are clearly perceiving it as having an anti-suicide message, so thank you for persisting. I will add it, friend. It is a catchy song and again thank you for reading. All the best, FlourishAnyway

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      Lisa shyone 

      7 months ago

      FlourishAnyway, It's Lisa . . .again. I'm wondering if you really heard the song I suggested for you to add. This song is going viral in a good way. I believe your followers should be aware of this powerful song (if they're not already). Just reading some of the heart full, genuine comments tells it all. Listen again, this song belongs on your list. For all the dedicated followers of this post who might be interested and this is not an advertisement, the song is Ghost and the unknown band is Badflower. Enjoy!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Rafaella Murad - Thank you for those two song suggestions. I've added them both. Be well and be happy. Wishing you all the best. - FlourishAnyway

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      Rafaella Murad 

      7 months ago

      i’d add when it rains - paramore and lullabies - all time low!!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Jason, I'm willing to consider it. Can you provide me the title and the name you sing under plus a link to the song on YouTube when available? Feel free to include other information in the Comments Section here as people do read them (e.g., why you wrote the song).

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Thanks for the song suggestion. I placed this song on the playlist about songs that tell a story. Hope you are doing well.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Shannon - There are so many people who are hurting deeply. If they are Googling songs about suicide and suicide prevention, then I am happy that they have connected to this article that gives them not only the songs they seek but also crisis-related resources that they may need, either now or in a pinch. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and it's the least I can do to create awareness.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 months ago from Texas

      The only song I can think of that is not here is the 'Ode to Billy Jo'. I am sure that I will think of several others .

      Blessings my dear friend

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      Shannon Henry 

      7 months ago from Texas

      OMG! These questions and answers are heartbreaking, especially since so many are teens. Bless you for being a means of support!!!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Dylon - Thanks for the song suggestion.

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      Dylon 

      8 months ago

      Child Psychology by Black Box Recorder

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      karsten - Thank you for the suggestion. I've added the song at #80.

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      karsten 

      8 months ago

      seasons in the sun is missing

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Roadiepat - "Fade to Black" is indeed remarkable for its guitar solo. I was quite young, but I recall when it was first released. I appreciate your taking the time to make song suggestions. With death by suicide being so prevalent today and having known so many people who have died this way, my reason for not including them is that I wanted to encourage people to decide not to make such a deadly, irreversible choice. I appreciate you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Joe - Thank you for the song suggestion, which I have added.

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      Roadiepat 

      8 months ago

      Band Pantera. Song suicide note part 1 & 2. Power ballad (Pt. I), metalcore (Pt.II)

      Fade to Black" is a song and the first power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica, released as the first promotional single from its second studio album, Ride the Lightning. The song was ranked as having the 24th best guitar solo ever by Guitar World readers

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      Joe 

      8 months ago

      Here's another song for your playlist: "Forest For The Trees" by Huey Lewis and The News.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Laura J Miller - This song is beautiful, and I am adding it to both this playlist and my playlist on Missing Someone You Love. My deepest condolences go out to both of you on your losses. I believe others with find comfort in this song. Peace to you both, FlourishAnyway

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Scaredy cat - Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. I'm adding "You're Not Innocent" to my playlist on Haters, Bullies, and Other Mean, Jealous People because the song is a good reminder of the consequences of bullying. All the best to you, Flourish.

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      Scardy cat 

      8 months ago

      Dear FlourishAnyway heard of song called You're Not Innocent by Codi Kaye? or Her last words by Courtney Parker? If yes sorry for bothering if not you should give it a try

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Lisa - That song is heartbreaking. I appreciate your stopping by.

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      Lisa shyone 

      9 months ago

      Dear FlourishAnyway I'm a music browser, always looking for unique clever lyric driven songs with a combined melody to match. Every once in a great while I'll stumble across a real unknown diamond in the rough. I would like to share that find with you. The Band is called Badflower the song is Ghost. Enjoy! - Lisa

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Peter - I appreciate the suggestion and have added the song to the list.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Unknown - Thanks for the heads up.

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      Péter 

      9 months ago

      I suggest "Easy Way Out" by Low Roar. Great list, thank you.

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      9 months ago

      Friend, please is on the list twice

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Unnanmed - Thank you for the song suggestion.

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      Unnamed 

      9 months ago

      Gloomy Sunday?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Joshua - Thanks for the song suggestion. I'll add it to the playlist. Have a good weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Guy - Thank you for the song suggestions. I appreciate your reading and chipping in. I added "Asleep" to the playlist but didn't add "Adam's Song" because it of the message overall.

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      Joshua 

      9 months ago

      Listen to deaf havana - Boston square?

      Discussing suicide of an old friend, honest opinions

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      Guy 

      9 months ago

      How about “Asleep” by The Smiths anc “Adam’s Song” by blink-182?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Anonymous - I hope you do not suffer alone but rather seek support from others who care about you. Thank you for stopping by and sharing both your experience and your song suggestion. You may have mental illness but you aren't effed up.

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      Anonymous 

      10 months ago

      Hey there. I'm 20 years old and at 16 years old, I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder, which is one heck of a combo. I'm up all night every night, I hardly sleep, and I hardly eat. Since I was 16 I have attempted suicide a few times. One thing that helps me, as evidenced by me reading this post, is music. One song that has helped me out a lot recently is called All F*cked Up by The Amity Affliction (All Messed Up if you prefer acoustics). The song is heavily based around the idea of suffering alone, and I really suggest people to listen to this song.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Steve - Thanks for your comment and suggestions. I've added "Keep Talking" here and added "Life in One Day" to a playlist about Songs That Give Life Advice. "Hero" is on a playlist about Heroes and Superheroes. Thanks again for your suggestions.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      OnlytheLonely - Thanks for the song suggestion which I added. I encourage you to please seek the help of a professional. What you're feeling is likely biochemical, and you can be helped. Too many of my own extended family members have died this way, in addition to a beloved high school friend. There's no shame in reaching out to a professional for assistance. Do this for yourself and anyone who loves or needs you.

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      OnlyTheLonely 

      10 months ago

      By far and away, my favorite song, and specifically music video which has seen me through many difficult days is Collective Soul's "The World I Know."

      So I walk up on high

      And I step to the edge

      To see my world below

      And I laugh at myself

      While the tears roll down

      'Cause it's the world I know

      Oh it's the world I know

      One day, the fondness of the memory of feeling called back from the edge so instantly through the feelings inspired by this song and video may not be enough - after all, suicide is a spur of the moment thing - but I am grateful for all the good days it gave me.

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      Steve 

      10 months ago

      I'd have to add this one that always puts me in a better mood, and definitely "life-affirming". Please add "Life in One Day" by Howard Jones. Some of the lyrics are a little silly, like:

      "I tried to live my life in one day

      Don't go speed your time away

      I bit off more than I can chew

      Only so much you can do

      Wolves are gathering round my door

      Ask them in and invite some more"

      i.e., its one of those things that's easy to say because you're not the one going through it. But still, it helps me.

      And we all know this one, but "Hero" by Mariah Carey is excellent as well.

      A 3rd one is good as well, though a bit uncommon. "Keep Talking" by Pink Floyd. To me it's about someone who feels like they cannot express (or won't express) how they feel and what's on their mind, and the "chorus" is saying back to the person, "it doesn't have to be like this, just keep talking," that all that matters.

      I hope this helps someone.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Brian - If you feel you are in crisis, there are emergency numbers available in the article above.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Angela Abela - That song is very sad and probably predicted what he was going to do. I hope your life is going well and you feel loved and happy.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Michael - If you feel like harming yourself, then contact one of the resources above that can help you or call 911 or the emergency services in your community. Do so without delay

      a) National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)

      b) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

      c) Crisis Text Line Number 741741

      YOU can save yourself and create options for yourself, depressed or not. Talk to someone.

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      Michael 

      11 months ago

      Sometimes it's not about depression. Sometimes it's about running out of options and no one to save you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      David - Stay strong, reach out to someone who can help you work through what you're going through, and realize that you are absolutely not alone. I'm glad this helped! All the best. Flourish

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      David 

      11 months ago

      I just wanted to thank you for what you did with this playlist.

      I'm not sure if it will help me get over what I'm going through right now, but it definitely helped me to cope with all the feelings that are going through my mind right now.

      My life has been unbelievable hard the last few month and I couldn't even cry anymore, tilled i heard some of these songs. They definitely did break some kind of barrier inside of me. I'm a full ass grown man, but damn, this list did touch my heart.

      If it will help me in the end, I don't know yet, but I'm damn glad i found it.

      Bless you!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Ronnie - If you feel like harming yourself, then contact one of the resources above that can help you or call 911 or the emergency services in your community. Do so without delay

      a) National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)

      b) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

      c) Crisis Text Line Number 741741

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      Ronnie 

      11 months ago

      I feel like dying right now

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      Angela Abela 

      11 months ago

      Give a listen to Eyepennies by Sparklehorse. The singer suffered from depression and unfortunately did commit suicide eventually.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Barb - I'm so sorry for the loss of both your daughter and your grandson. Please don't make it a triple tragedy. The remainder of your family, your friends, and the rest of your social network cares about you more than you can process in this time of extraordinary grief. Please contact one of the suicide prevention resources above, your family doctor, a counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, anyone qualified to help you. And do it today. Your daughter wouldn't want you to follow in her footsteps. You are hurting tremendously, but the world here needs you in it, sweet lady.

      National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)

      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

      Crisis Text Line Number 741741

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      Barb 

      11 months ago

      My daughter hung herself after her new born son died. All I think about is dying. I am too sad to live without her. Nothing is the same. I cant stand the pain. I cant breathe without her ..

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Jack W - I should do a playlist on misheard lyrics. I can see how you might hear it that way, especially when surrounded by the lyrics about giving up! Thanks for commenting. I appreciate you.

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      Jack W 

      11 months ago

      Check out "Time for me to fly" by REO Speedwagon. I swear the singers are sayiing "Time for me to die"

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Adriana - The song is certainly catchy. I wish it had an anti-suicide message. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Be safe.

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      Adriana 

      11 months ago

      One of the songs I listen to is Bullet by Hollywood Undead, I think it would be a good addition

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Haleigh - Please reach out to someone who can help you. The world is better with you in it.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Jayne - I'm so sorry about your loss. Sadly, I do understand. Please talk with someone who can listen with empathy and help you through this very difficult time. I wish you all the best in healing.

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      Haleigh 

      12 months ago

      I just turned 16 and I have tried to die 2 times with 1 failed attempt I started to listen to fifth harmony and Camila cabello and they really helped me

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      Jayne 

      12 months ago

      Foofighters ‘home’ from echos silence patience and grace I have lost 3 people I love to suicide and this is the song my boyfriend chose before he took his life 4 weeks ago

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Lucy - Thank you for the song suggestion. I've added it as #72. All the best to you, Flourish

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Joe - I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend by suicide. I know personally what it's like to lose someone close in this way. Reach out to others, get counseling, and do whatever you need to do to ensure your health and positive wellbeing.

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      Lucy 

      12 months ago

      Another song is ‘Friend, Please’ by Twenty Øne Piløts

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      Joe 

      12 months ago

      Suicide letters by tech n9ne is a song I listen to a lot. Heather Nicole by hopsin was a song referenced by my best friend before he took his life. I find myself listening to it constantly to see life through his eyes.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      Colleen - Reach out to the free crisis resources if you need to and ask for help. Sometimes there are counselors and therapists who see clients on a sliding fee schedule. They might be able to assist you in locating such a resource.

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      colleenmac 

      12 months ago

      I dont know what to say.......... All seems ok... Except when you have no health ins. to help.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Moria Adank - Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You just keep getting up and know you are valued and have a place in this world!

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      Moira Adank 

      13 months ago

      Thank you for publishing this article. As someone who struggles with low self-worth & intense thoughts, this really helps me to keep going even when I just wanna lie down and not get up.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Heather - Thank you for that song suggestion. I have added it as #71. Have a good week.

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      Heather 

      13 months ago

      Imperfection - Evanescence

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Cristiane Piacentini - Thank you for stopping by and suggesting this song. I'm adding it as #70. Have a great day.

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      Cristiane Piacentini 

      13 months ago

      Hey I suggest the song 24 floors by the maine, is a really great song when you need a remainder that there's people caring about you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Kath - You owe it to yourself and those who love you to reach out to a crisis helpline, family doctor, counselor, and others who can listen and help you to let them know what you're feeling. Suicide impacts families for generations. It's a permanent answer to temporary problems in one's life, although it may not seem like that right now. Allow someone to help you see that.

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      Kath 

      13 months ago

      Am glad I stumbled on this page. I went on line to look for suicidal music, as in songs leading up to the act (not sure if that makes sense). I ended up here and will download all the songs suggested and make a play list. I like slow songs, so will probably put those first.

      I don't want to live anymore, or perhaps i don't want to be where i am right now. Been crying my self to sleep for a really long time. The thoughts and feelings come and go, but this 2018, guess they choosing not to go. Looking for options to be else but where i am. Unfortunately, taking the last breath is also on the table. Just read here that people left behind suffer, that makes a bit of sense, so does saying goodbye. Had never thought about the former before though.

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