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Needing to have a purpose

Goals and projects add value and meaning to all of our lives. For suicidal people though, they can take on an inflated importance. Without them, it feels as if there is no worth or purpose to life. 

However, because such goals are often defined by something external, such as other people’s needs or socially sanctioned ideas of success, they can be difficult to sustain in the long term. 

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Suicidal person point of view

“I very much take a utilitarian view to life. My purpose in life is to be useful, to my field, to my profession, to society. If I’m not useful, if I’m just a burden, I might as well not live.” 

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Suicidal person point of view

“I very much take a utilitarian view to life. My purpose in life is to be useful, to my field, to my profession, to society. If I’m not useful, if I’m just a burden, I might as well not live.” 

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Family/friend point of view

“He was quite determined, and he always used to have this expression about 'Plan A', that he wanted to do Plan A and he didn't want to do Plan B, and he thought lots of people lived Plan B because they didn't pursue Plan A at whatever expense.”