Best Self Magazine

Choosing to Live: 3 Questions That Can Quell Suicidal Thoughts

Choosing to Live, by Dain Heer. Suicide. Photograph of fork in road by Oliver Roos

Photograph by Oliver Roos

Tools to reclaim your strength and desire live

It is strange to write about suicide when you’re happy. It nearly seems disrespectful. Because if you’ve really been there, at the point of killing yourself, you know it is not a show, a gamble or a play for attention.

That moment in time, that point of no return when you make the choice to end your life, is more real than anything you’ve ever experienced — and it changes everything. And if you choose beyond it, if you choose to live, you are forever different.

I know, because I did. And I am.

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, I would like to share my story and some of the tools that allowed me to choose beyond the point of suicide.

This was many years ago, I had just become a Doctor of Chiropractic and I had my whole life in front of me…as they say.

At the

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Best Self Magazine

Best Self Magazine18 min read
At War…With Myself: A Soldier’s Story of Spiritual Survival
— I never thought I would live this long.  This past Veterans Day, I realized that was both a conscious and an unconscious thought that had ruled the last couple years of my life. I’ve doubted my successes and questioned my choices all in the context
Best Self Magazine7 min read
Building Bridges of Understanding One Question (and Answer) at a Time
— A question is a powerful thing, a mighty use of words. In an age of competing certainties, where we are both more interconnected than ever but also more polarized — how do we build bridges of understanding across the great divides of race, politics
Best Self Magazine5 min read
Healing Your Cervix: Tapping into Your Innate Power of Self-Healing
— Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a pap smear come back abnormal? Raise your hand if you feel strange and funny when you think about your cervix? Raise your hand if you feel powerless when it comes to your cervical health?  My mission to help wome