Stabilizing Stage

Make The Choice

Lesson 5 Section 1

All of the experiences you want to have and all of the possibilities for your future depend on this: Choose life and tell death "No." Making this choice is the first action step once you believe that a positive future is possible for you.

Time is a gift that you can offer to yourself. You deserve to have the time to consider options and alternatives before making a critical decision.

I want you to commit to living for a while longer. How much longer? Commit to living for as much time as you’re able to right now. This is time that you can gift to yourself and offer to your family, friends, and support network. More time means more possibilities.

“Everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of human freedoms
– to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances,

to choose one’s own way.”

- Viktor E Frankl

How to "Choose life"

I want to keep this one simple so that you can just get it done. Whether you can commit to a decade or a day, if you make that explicit commitment to someone that you trust, then it will be stronger.

Resources for talking with someone about your crisis
  • Time to Talk: Tips and examples for talking with others (including specific guidance for talking with parents) about mental health topics from Mental Health America.
  • Talk About it: Help with picking someone to talk to and thinking about what to say about anxiety or depression from Beyond Blue. 

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose… 

You know what you know.
And you are the [one] who’ll decide where to go.” 

-Dr. Seuss

Why commit to living? (Experience and Research)

My Experience: