Sherlock Holmes About Suicide

Day 17/365: Probably the best ever written description of suicide from our beloved entertainment media

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Ante-Scriptum: Suicide is a very serious problem! If you’re having difficulties in keeping up with your own thoughts and demands and find yourself in a desperate situation, please seek professional help immediately. These are just my personal findings on the matter and should not be considered as professional advice.

Sometimes people say stuff like “I had such a bad day, I am going to jump off of my building” or “Me and my boyfriend broke up, I just want to cut my wrists open” more out of desperation and terror and not that much as to actually do those things.

The lack of action is fortunate enough, but from an idea to actually put it into action there’s not so much space and sometimes, very dark things happen just because people don’t talk about what they’re going through.

Suicide is the one mistake you won’t live to regret.

I know my friends are not going to do that just now, but that’s no reason why we shouldn’t be aware if they start showing more and more concerning symptoms that might lead them into doing something irreversible.

If you are familiar with depression, a common mental disease, you know that some of the people that suffer from it end up taking their own lives. This is the ultimate stage of depression, and it’s referred to as suicide.

When someone commits suicide though, and maybe you are one of the people thinking about this kind of dark, inhuman thing, even if it’s just a brief thought that came to mind one day, you should know that it really is not the solution to your problem.

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Death is irreversible, everything else is not

In fact, suicide creates even more problems than you might have right now. Getting over a breakup, grieving over your lost parents or any sort of loss that involves being sad for longer than normal and yes, sometimes depressed can be dealt with no matter how hard it seems to be.

“When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long” — Unknown

But you can’t deal with death itself. That’s like pushing the nukes button and having no second option. No turning back. No “plan B”. No safety net, even one that has a hole in the middle. You can end a war if you talk to your enemy and cease-fire, but once you pressed the nukes button, you’re done.

Sherlock Holmes about suicide

Sherlock is a BBC TV Series about the brilliant sociopath detective that London gave to the world. You should watch it, it’s very smart. And it’s available on Netflix, so it’s really handy to follow. In the last season, in one of the final episodes, Sherlock helps a lady get with her depression and talks about suicide.

If it where for me, I’d put the following description of suicide in each and every Psychology or therapy book in the world. I don’t exactly know who wrote these exact lines, but whoever that is, you are a genius nonetheless!

Taking your own life. Interesting expression. Taking it from who? Once it’s over, it’s not you who will miss it. Your own death is something that happens to everybody else. Your life is not your own, so keep your hands off it.

If you are in need of a person to talk to, I am here for you. I’m just a student, I don’t know much about anything, but the least I can do is give you some directions. This is my personal email address, so whatever you need to talk to me about, I’m here to listen.

I’ll never judge you and I’ll keep it between us. Not only me, but your friends are there to help you as well. Your family is. The waiter at the restaurant down the street is. The librarian is. The counsellor is.

Somebody is always there for you.

You are not alone, no matter how hard that is for you to believe and you have no right to even think about ending your life because your life is not your own and you will be the last person to be suffering if you’d end it.

Thank you for your time!

My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, full-time freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 44 claps!

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