Suicide is final – once done, I can’t change my mind.
I don’t really want to die. Life is all I have and just might be better than nothing.
Just because I have suicidal thoughts doesn’t mean I have to act on them.
No matter how badly I feel right now this won’t last. Killing myself won’t really solve anything.
I can always kill myself later, why not wait?
I love life at least in part – it’s too precious to end it now – there’s always later.
I will summon the courage to face life and move on.
I can find solutions to problems and learn to cope. Many things have a way of working out for the best.
I will (somehow) find my real purpose in life and reason to live.
Too many experiences I want to have. Too many things left to do
I am curious about the future. The future just might be better. I have plans and just maybe I will carry them out.
I’m afraid of the unknown. I’m afraid of death
Screwing Up Reasons
I’m afraid of the actual act of killing myself (pain, blood, failing, etc).
I can screw things up easily and my suicide method might not work.
I’m afraid of failing but leaving myself a mess.
I’m a coward and no guts to do it.
Otherworldly Reasons (Opposites Are OK)
My religious beliefs forbid it – It’s morally wrong – only God has the right to end a life (FYI the Bible says nothing definitive on suicide) (link to bible section of this site).
I’m afraid of going to hell – I’m afraid of not going to hell.
I don’t give a damn about heaven, hell or any so-called afterlife.
Family Reasons (Opposites Are OK)
I have a responsibility and commitment to my family – I don’t have family that matters
It would hurt my family. I don’t want them to suffer – It wouldn’t hurt my family. I want them to suffer.
I wouldn’t want my family to feel guilty afterwards – I want my family to feel guilty afterwards.
I would not want my family to think I’m selfish or a coward – I don’t care if my family thinks I’m selfish or a coward.
My family depends on me and needs me – My family doesm’t need me and doesn’t give a damn.
I love and enjoy my family too much – I don’t love and enjoy my family much.
My family might believe I didn’t love them.
I have no children so who cares – I want to watch my children grow up
The effect on my children could be harmful – It wouldn’t be fair to leave the children for others to take care of
Society Reasons (Opposites Are OK)
I’m concerned what others would think of me – I’m not concerned what others would think of me.
Some people might think I’m weak and selfish – Some people might think I’m a courageous martyr.
The Reasons to go on Living Project (http://www.thereasons.ca/)