The Connection Between Chronic Pain and Suicide
Spine injuries can lead to chronic pain, which in turn may cause feelings of depression, anxiety and hopelessness.
Sadly, some people who experience these debilitating emotions admit their desire to end their own lives.
Where to turn if you are considering suicide
If you are considering committing suicide, please visit the “Suicide Help” page on the nonprofit website HelpGuide.org.
The professionals at the site instruct suicidal people to “call 1-800-273-TALK in the U.S. or visit Befrienders Worldwide to find a helpline in your country. Or talk to someone you trust, and let them know how bad things are.”
Basic facts about suicide and pain
To learn more about the relationship between suicide and pain, I contacted Jill M. Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, Vice President of Research at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to ask her what research shows us about the connection between the two.
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