When a friend or loved one is struggling with chronic depression or is going through a particularly tough time in life, you may feel helpless. You want to do or say something, but nothing seems enough.
Have you tried sharing some suicide prevention quotes with them? We understand that sending someone some quotes will not be enough to entirely relieve depression. But it will let them know you care, and that alone might be enough.
These quotes are words of hope and have been spoken by people who have faced their own demons, survived their own darkest days, and come out stronger on the other side.
56 Suicide Prevention Quotes To Help You Heal And Find Hope
Below is a list of our favourite suicide prevention quotes:
1. “Remember there are many as good as you but nobody better!” – David Cooke
2. “people’s faces don’t tell their cases” – Andrew Bradley
3. “Don’t forget who you are and where you came from. Don’t get too emotional over little things. Don’t. Quit until you win the grand prize.” — Robert Randle
4. “You can either be crushed by a horrific event and lose your sanity, your family and your life. Or, you can take this pain that was thrust upon you, to propel into greatness. You can make it through this. I know it’s hard.” — Marie White
5. “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
6. “Suicide is the last attempt of re-emergence of the will of life.” ― Lamine Pearlheart
7. ” ;The option to stop but the decision to keep going.” — aspsociety
8. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending.” — Carl Bard
9. “Do not let bitterness take root, lest she strangle you.” ― Rene Schultz
10. “Suicide is beneath you – avoid past memories and meditate in the present moment.” ― Bert McCoy
11. “You can do things today that shape your unknown future. Make every day the time when you turn what you don’t know into what would like to happen.” — Michael Nulty
12. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller
13. “There was a moment in my life when I really wanted to kill myself. And there was one other moment when I was close to that… But even in my most jaded times, I had some hope.” — Gerard Way
14. “On average, since the urge to kill myself isn’t so strong that I actually kill myself, the world is worth living in.” — Tao Lin
15. “Suicide is not a remedy.” — James A. Garfield
16. “One HELLO? can change a life. One HELLO? can save a life.” ― Liza M. Wiemer
17. “Stay Strong. Love endlessly. Change Lives.” ― Amy Bleuel
18. “When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.” — Joyce Meyer
19. “Despite the cloud of my depression and anxiety, I woke up every morning with a choice, give up or trudge through. Trudging sucks. Giving up sucks. Sometimes life comes down to the lesser of two evils.” ― Aaron Behr
20. “When it is darkest, we can see the stars.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson
21. “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
22. “Sometimes life pushes us to our limits, it tests us beyond our endurance, because God only gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.”
23. “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
24. “Some people suffer in silence, pain in the hearts but smiles on their faces.” ― Isha Barlas
25. “Look for every opportunity to encourage someone. You don’t know who is wrestling with demons that could end his or her life that day. A kind word comes from God. Be brave enough to act on it.” ― Aaron Behr
26. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Everybody wants to be a diamond, the more it is cut, the brighter it sparkles. Remember, diamonds are created under pressure from dirty coal.”
27. “The harder the journey the more glorious the victory.” — Melissa Dohme
28. “It’s not about battling your past, but fighting for your future.” — Jazz Thornton
29. “Everybody goes through difficult times, but it is those who push through those difficult times who will eventually become successful in life. Don’t give up, because this too shall pass.” ― Jeanette Coron
30. “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda
31. “Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain. You can’t have a rainbow without the rain.”
32. “If your brain is telling you to give up, just breathe. With one breath comes the next. Use that to get you to tomorrow.”
33. “If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.” – Loretta Girzartis
34. “Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.”
35. “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
36. “They would rather have you messy and alive than not there at all.”— Jazz Thornton
37. “You may not understand today or tomorrow, but eventually God will reveal why you went through everything you did.”
38. “Suicide. A sideways word, a word that people whisper and mutter and cough: a word that must be squeezed out behind cupped palms or murmured behind closed doors. It was only in dreams that I heard the word shouted, screamed.” — Lauren Oliver
39. “This life. This night. Your story. Your pain. Your hope. It matters. All of it matters.” — Jamie Tworkowski
40. “The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.” — Ernest Hemingway
41. “It isn’t weak to ask for help. It’s like using a flashlight when you’re lost in the dark.”
42. “Sometimes the best thing you can do is not thinking, not wondering, not imagining, not obsessing and just breathing. Have faith that everything will work out for the best.”
43. “Did you really want to die? No one commits suicide because they want to die. Then why do they do it? Because they want to stop the pain.” — Tiffanie DeBartolo
44. “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” — Jack Penn
45. “When the weight of the world is holding you down, remember the courage to keep fighting is what got you this far.”
46. “Every flower must grow through dirt.”
47. “If you want to show me that you really love me, don’t say that you would die for me, instead stay alive for me.”
48. “The great thing about suicide is that it’s not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.” — Harvey Fierstein
49. “The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”— Juliette Lewis
50. “Everybody goes through difficult times, but it is those who push through those difficult times who will eventually become successful in life. Don’t give up, because this too shall pass.”— Jeanette Coron
51. “Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse.”— Karl A. Menninger
52. “When you twist the roots of your life with others, it’s easier to weather the storm.”
53. “That’s the thing about suicide. Try as you might to remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it.” — Anderson Cooper
54. “My own failed suicide attempt, led me to profession of helping others. Reach out. You are never alone.” David Essel
55. “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” – Phil Donahue
56. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” —Maru Anne Radmacher
Ways To Prevent Suicide
According to data from the World Health Organization [WHO], about 700,000 people commit suicide every year. And for every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide.
Suicide might be caused by various things, including mental illness or sadness. However, Providing support and creating more suicide awareness can assist in lowering this statistic.
Below are ways to help lower this statistic:
Get professional help: This is probably the most important thing you can do. If someone you know is having problems with their mental health, don’t try to deal with it on your own.
Be there for them: Listen to them, offer support and understanding, and let them know you care.
Don’t judge them: Suicide is not a choice anyone makes lightly – don’t add to their guilt by judging them or telling them what they “should have done instead.”
Help them connect: Isolation is one of the main risk factors for suicide. Help your loved one connect with other people, whether it’s through faith-based groups, social activities, or support groups.
Follow up: Once someone appears to be in a better place, don’t forget about them. Suicide prevention is a lifelong process, not a one-time event. Check-in with them periodically to make sure they are still doing well.
Suicide is a serious issue that can have lasting consequences for those left behind. If you are struggling with or know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, seek professional help.
And please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate assistance. On this site, you talk with someone who understands exactly what’s going on and can help you. Also, don’t forget to look at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center; you’ll find a comprehensive list of resources available by state there.
Lastly, If you have contemplated suicide, or even survived an attempt to commit suicide, don’t be ashamed. Remember, there’s always a good reason to keep on living.
You are cherished. You deserve everything, and most of all, you aren’t alone. Share these suicide prevention quotes. You may help save a life today!