Absolutely not! You're in good company, in fact. Estimates suggest that approximately 800,000 Americans attempt suicide per year. This number most probably underestimates the true magnitude of the issue, but there is no way to tell for sure. According to official statistics, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death in the US in 2001. We don't present these numbers in order to lead you to think that suicide is the best way to handle your situation. Just to show you that a lot of people come to see suicide as attractive in any given year. Use this statistic to remind yourself that you are not alone, and that mental health professionals have tons of experience helping people who have been through experiences that are similar to what you are going through now.
Below are tips to help you:
1. Ask yourself if you are terminally ill: Is your illness truly terminal? Mental illness is rampant and poorly treated in our society. Most are suffering due to lack of treatment.
2. Explore ALL your options: Even most doctors who seek help receive only conventional drugs. Have you been offered curated peer support, spiritual therapies, or psychedelic ceremonies? Have you tried ALL of them with consistency? Don’t dabble haphazardly on your own.
3. Avoid the term “treatment-resistant depression.”: When allopathic interventions fail  that does not mean your illness is resistant to complementary therapies. Integrative psychiatrists know that rewiring our neural networks is possible. Are you working with the right psychiatrist?
4. Use curated peer support as your first-line treatment: Isolation and loneliness is immediately ameliorated in a properly facilitated group with members who have similar emotional wounds. I’ve been leading physician peer support groups for years. Share your story. Don’t suppress your tears. Most of the time, what is needed is human interaction. 
5. Consider suicide a failure of community: When suffering is individually pathologized, the person is blamed for their condition. When we recognize that the “illness” is a normal reaction to an abnormal or traumatic situation, the wisdom of the individual’s psychological response finally makes sense.
6. Identify your core wound. Most suicides are a culmination of many factors poorly managed over years. Discovering the origin story or genesis of your core wound will allow you to successfully address your primary issue (versus just dealing with the sequelae of your untreated core wound).
7. Know that suicide is an occupational hazard of your profession: Hazardous working conditions lead to destruction of our own health and personal relationships with family.
8. Realize that you are a spiritual being living a finite human experience:Shells of our former selves just going through the motions with no passion or zest for life—a direct result of the methodical dehumanization of medical education and practice.
9. Believe your condition is curable.
10. Your suicide is a terrible option for a curable condition.
Suicide helpline in Nigeria for your own use or loved ones:

Abdulhakim Bashir Tijjani

Abdulhakim Bashir Tijjani is a mental health advocate with about 4 years experience working on projects centered around mental health, advocacy and suicide prevention.On a mission to strengthening mental health system in Nigeria and Africa at large. He is also a 2022 Leadership for Africa Fellow (LEAP Africa), a youth leadership program. 

He is a medical student and a graduate of Human Anatomy. His hobbies include reading, research and traveling.


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