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A couple of years ago I tried to commit suicide. For many of my loved ones, it came as a shock. If someone says "I wish I was dead" or something like that, take action!

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This is what an anonymous person writes in a debate post on the online edition of Sarpsborg Arbeidblad. The person wants to contribute to better information about suicide, in this way to perhaps help someone who is at risk of suicide.

The person says that it was a depression that was the reason for the suicide attempt:

Thinking back on the time as extremely depressed is difficult, it's so dark.

There was never anything that was enough. I hated myself. When I looked in the mirror, I hated what I saw: the shadow of a pathetic human being who was crying and in physical pain. For no reason at all.

The suicide attempt still came as a big shock to those closest to him, and to a certain extent also to the person himself.

For several years before the experiment, I always thought of suicide as a way out. I still never thought I would try. This is already where the danger begins - suicide should not be considered a way out. So if someone says "I wish I was dead" or something like that, take action! 

Today, the suicide attempt seems like something almost incomprehensible to the person, who writes:

I do not think that suicide is a way out. Life is worth the fight, it's tiring and awful at times. But I know I do not have to be perfect. There are ups and downs, everyone experiences it.

The post also states:

Every year, just over 500 people commit suicide in Norway. According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the number of trials is almost 5.000.

This is a lot of people, and do you know why they try? Because the pressure, the inner pain and the heaviness they feel is too much.

The post ends with a constant call on how we can meet with people who are struggling:

I wrote earlier that people see what they want to see. We hear what we want to hear.

Notice what you hear. The first thing you can do to help someone who is struggling is to take the time to listen.



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