Low days are inevitable. You didn’t get to watch your favorite show; you weren’t able to get the promotion you have been eyeing; that bag you have always wanted is now sold out; you got scolded at work―these are just some natural happenings that can instantly put people feeling sad and low.
More often than not, people tend to categorize these feelings as being depressed. Nowadays, it’s easy for one to say, “I feel depressed.” Though it can have some truth, many times people forget that being sad is different from being depressed. Nevertheless, both feelings should be addressed properly as prolonged suffering can lead to severe conditions, or worse, suicide.
According to the World Health Organization, over 264 million people of different ages all over the world experience depression. About 800,000 cases eventually lead to suicide; it is considered as the second cause of high death rates of people aged 15 to 29. A fact that is difficult to fathom.
Getting professional help is the most suitable solution when you are suffering from depression, but it can take time at times; others also prefer not getting professional help as well. Sometimes letting one’s feelings out isn’t an option, others opt to read uplifting lines from people who are in the same situation, or who have successfully come out of it. These depression and suicide quotes from books, movies, songs, interviews to name a few help bring warmth to a rather cold and empty feeling they are experiencing. We have put together these inspirational suicide awareness and prevention quotes with the thought of making someone feel a lot lighter. Through this list of depression and suicide quotes, we hope that it can reach those who are suffering from depression and feel they are worth it and give them hope to go on.
1. “A pain shared is a pain halved.” ― Kevin Hines
In 2000, Kevin Hines was on the edge and eventually jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge in an attempt to end his life. He mentioned that upon his leap, he felt that he did not want to die; he wanted to feel that someone cared for him. A sea lion helped him stay afloat while waiting for rescuers. He now shares his experience and actively works to prevent suicide.
(Foto) Kevin Hines
Kevin Hines’ story proves that people who take the suicide route do not always want to die. Some want their voices to be heard. Sharing your feelings to people, may it be someone you are close to or better yet, a professional, can help. It will be difficult at first, but by doing this, your voices will be heard. Your burden can be lighter; others are willing to lift your heavy baggage with you.
2. “To anyone out there who’s hurting—it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s a sign of strength.” ― Barack Obama
Many times people think that when life gets tough, we must get tougher. Although there is some truth to it, it also doesn’t hurt to be vulnerable at times and seek help. Many things in life can be done alone, but more things can be achieved when working together. Write it down, tell a family remember or a friend, you will be listened to. Asking for help to get through different life struggles can also be a way for you to help those who feel the same things as you.
3. “I’m breaking down, I can see there’s light inside. Dawn will come to the darkest of nights. Overcome, even the future. We won’t stop from now on. Decide for yourself what it means to be happy. Every day, take a step to grow up.” ― BTS, Lights
Acknowledging your low days is a step forward. Knowing and accepting you are at your lowest is a way for you to move forward, and upward. These lines are from BTS’ song Lights. This is just one of the group’s comforting songs in their sea of heart-warming songs. As the line suggests, there is light at the end of the tunnel. You may be at your lowest point now, but there will be a brighter tomorrow for you. Take your time, and choose yourself. There is nothing you can’t overcome.
4. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ― Harriet Beecher Stowe
As cliche as it sounds, life moves like a wheel. It goes up and goes down. You may be at the downside of life now, but soon enough the wheel can, and will turn. What you are feeling now is understandable, but you should also know that it is not permanent. Feel it, acknowledge it, but do not dwell on it. Bad times will pass, and the good times will come again. A tough cookie like you braving the storms of life deserve all of life’s pleasures as well, hold on.
5. “I hope you live a life you are proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
Some people suffer from depression because they feel that they weren’t able to fulfill their life goals; some feel stuck; some feel defeated by life. Many think that it is better to just give up on life since there is no undo button. Life indeed has no trial stage; it is only a one-time experience. Do know that even if there are no redo options, you can always retry and restart. Live your life according to your own rules―no pressure, no worries, no timelines to consider. As F. Scott Fitzgerald says, find the will inside you to start all over again because we believe you can.
Having suicidal thoughts is unavoidable for some. But know that there are people who are looking out for you, and want you to survive. These quotes were not uttered, written, or sung in vain. They were expressed to help and give hope. They may just be quotes for some, but we hope those who are suffering from depression can find courage and warmth in them.
If you are experiencing some depression symptoms, take this test by Psychologist Dr. Margarida Rafael and seek further professional help.