Dear Deidre helped me realise there was alternatives to suicide – thank you

DEAR DEIDRE: THINGS couldn’t have been worse when I contacted you.

I felt utterly worthless, and it seemed that ending my life was my only option.


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As a 48-year-old divorced woman, I had dealt with mental health issues for all my adult life.

Everything I touched turned bad – relationships, money, work. I felt everyone would be better off without me.

You told me that you cared, and reminded me how final death was – and that there are alternatives to suicide. You asked me to allow those who loved me to care for me too.

You suggested I call The Samaritans (samaritans.org, 116 123), to let someone listen to me, and you gave me your support pack Counselling.

After a few weeks, you wrote to me, asking how I was – something I didn’t expect.

Although I know I still have a very long and painful journey ahead, I have now sought help, and am getting medication and counselling to help me work through my demons.

Just knowing you were there for me meant the world.

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