Our expert says:
Well Done, indeed ! There are several good reasons for continnuing to live, and to work on your problems, but I'm pleased that you thought of some of them and stopped in time. Too many people don't think of the unavoidable impact of their death, by any cause, on so many other people, some of whom you don't even know. The only point on which I'd disagree with the friend you called, is that I don't think one should take it for granted that you will be "OK for now" from now on, without taking further action to be sure that this is so. I think you should see a counsellor, other than your friend, preferably a CBT style counsellor, and work through the issues that had led you to the point of giving up, to discover how to cope with those and with any other challenges that might turn up. Thus you will both lessen the risk of further such bleak episodes, and increase your skill in coping with them should they turn up
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