What can drive us to the darkest places in our lives – a place where the choice between life and death can be a very real one?
As a survivor of severe trauma, Margaret has pulled herself back from the brink of self-destruction, and in this highly personal, especially honest episode, she sends out a message of hope to those who may feel as though there is little left to live for – your life matters.
- Thoughts of suicide emerge when we feel helplessly trapped and suffocated by the pains of life. It is testament to the agony of that pain, that escape feels like the only solution.
- Never think that you are all alone, as help cannot truly arrive until we share our pain with others. Let those you love know how you feel.
- Talking about suicide still carries a remarkable stigma in society, but the more we discuss it, the more people will feel as though they can discuss with others, and hopefully prevent any attempts.
- We are surrounded by trauma in the world. Studies have discovered that many people have at least considered suicide at some point in their lives.
‘I still shudder when I remember those horrendous thoughts that stand out in my mind’
‘At that moment, I thought taking my own life was the only way to stop the tremor of the emotional, terrifying pain’
‘Opening up to your loved ones can feel scary at first, but you may be surprised at how receptive they can be’
‘Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are’
ABOUT THE HOST
A few years ago, Margaret underwent several life-threatening traumas, including domestic abuse, and almost killed by her ex-partner, kidney and brain cancer, mental health issues, and a near-death experience. Her life was encapsulated in darkness, and she welcomed the thought of dying. From a breakdown to a breakthrough, these words from Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search For Meaning, changed her life forever: “The existence of life is to suffer; to survive is to find meaning in suffering.” Once she became aware of this, her life changed, and choose to live each day like it’s her last…