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Struggling to sustain the effort

Over and over again, suicidal people summon up the energy to keep functioning.  But the effort often cannot be sustained and they lapse into anxious inactivity.

These cycles of ill health and seeming ‘recovery’ can become more rapid as a suicidal act approaches.

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Suicidal person point of view

“I do try very, very hard the week before to keep all those balls in the air. And I race around. I describe myself sometimes as running around like a headless chicken…  I must seem to everybody as if I'm coping so well, because I've got twenty things going on at once, and it's wonderful, isn't it, and I'm managing, and then bang, that's it.”

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Suicidal person point of view

“I do try very, very hard the week before to keep all those balls in the air. And I race around. I describe myself sometimes as running around like a headless chicken…  I must seem to everybody as if I'm coping so well, because I've got twenty things going on at once, and it's wonderful, isn't it, and I'm managing, and then bang, that's it.”

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Family/friend point of view

“She went abroad and did this course. That was a really intense month in a foreign city. And the first two weeks of it was fantastic. She did complete the course and she did get the certificate, but the next two weeks were such hard work for her to hang on and hold it together.”