What you are about to read are actual suicide notes from people who took their own lives.  They were gathered by a psychiatrist who specializes in suicidal cases and who wished to remain anonymous.  Names have been changed, but the age and sex of the letter-writers are real.

Many of you will probably wonder why I'm posting something so macabre on a site known for humor and other happy things.  Truth is, I've been plagued by depression all of my life -- it's like some dark thing inside me that boils to the surface and, when it does, I have to fight to keep it at bay.  There are days, however, when it just about wins and I actually consider doing to myself what these poor people have done.  Reading these notes is sad business and it's hard to do, but it's important that you realize as you read them that there is doubt behind every single one... as if that person just needed one other human being to pull them back from the brink.

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The Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at any time by calling 1-800-273-8255. I don't really know if I'm being noble or just stupid, but if you find yourself in that situation with no one to turn to, my e-mail is  I may not be the smartest person in the world, but I can at least listen.

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