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You're Not Alone If You Think of Suicide On Your Job Search
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This is something I've meant to blog about for a while.

I wasn't sure it would come across properly, but if this helps even one job seeker considering suicide, it's worth it. I regret not having done it sooner.

Back in 2006, after my previous employer decided to outsource my entire team's work, I was living in Paris, France, and trying to find a job in Israel when I had the idea to start JobMob as a way to learn about blogging by blogging about that job search.

I did ultimately find a job in Israel and we moved from Paris in 2007, but I kept blogging because I discovered that I really enjoyed helping other job seekers like you.

There were also more selfish reasons.

Among them, I thought that by learning more about job search as I blogged, I could protect myself from ever feeling job search depression again like I had back in 2002.

Free bonus: Download The Job Search Depression Report which contains insights and resources on how to manage if you're too depressed to look for work.

Looking back at it now, my job search depression was relatively light compared to so many stories I've seen since then, but that rough period of life really surprised me and made me realize that your career is no joke and your life can literally depend on it.

I never considered suicide. However, the tough time brought back memories of two cute little boys I used to babysit as a teenager. They lived in a nice neighborhood, in a nice house, and their parents had nice cars who would go out often and to good restaurants around town.

All until their father was let go from his white collar job. This led to a noticeable change in the house, even in the eyes of a soon-to-be former babysitter.

Then one busy morning during rush hour, the father walked in front of a subway train.

I was reminded of this story again when a JobMob reader emailed me for advice, saying:

My situation stinks and I have contemplated suicide. I often find myself alone and depressed with no optimism for my future. I feel like a wounded soldier in battle who has been left to die in the trenches, after broken promises.

Absolutely heart-wrenching.

And not uncommon. Many job seekers reach this low point:

And many, many job seekers go all the way with it:

Unemployment over the period 2000 to 2011 was responsible for 45,000 [deaths], an analysis in the journal Lancet Psychiatry has found.

The authors say their findings suggest that suicide prevention strategies need to target those who lose their jobs even in countries unaffected by recession. They found the suicide risk among the unemployed was stronger where more people were in work and the situation of the jobless was therefore more unusual.

My response to the JobMob reader began this way:

Please don't commit suicide! It's a permanent solution to a short-term problem*, and I'm not glossing over it: I've been depressed myself and I know that it feels like “this is the way my life is now”. It's not. Seek help. At the very least, call a national suicide hotline asap

(* a line I've heard Philip DeFranco say)

If you're feeling this down or know someone who is, please, PLEASE, follow this advice.

Here's a list that should help.

If you've ever considered suicide for job-related reasons, were you:


Suicide prevention hotlines around the world

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia

Suicide Prevention Australia

Call: 13 11 14 or 1300 659 467

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada

Crisis Services Canada

Call: 1-833-456-4566

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India

OneLife

Call: 78930 78930

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel

ERAN (I've blogged about them in the past)

Call: 1201

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines

Natasha Goulbourn Foundation

Call: (02) 804-HOPE (4673) or 0917 558 HOPE (4673)

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa

Lifeline

Call: 0861 322 322

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK

Samaritans

Call: 116 123 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

What others are saying

Question of the article

What would you have said to the JobMob reader thinking of suicide, in my place? Tell us in the comments.

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Job Search Expert, Professional Blogger, Creative Thinker, Community Builder with a sense of humor. I like to help people.
  • This article is pointless. You call the hotline, they attempt to hospital you, and then they sattle you with 3k in hospital bills for “saving your Life.” All while humiliating you. I’ve learned the hard way. If you want to die, you tell no one. You just one day disappear from everyone’s lives and hope they forgive you for your choice.

    • That sounds horrible, adding insult to injury, and I’m sorry you had to go through it.

      It’s no help for you, but for countries with public health care such as Canada or the UK, it may be the same process and result except for the hospital bills at the end.

  • I’m about at this point. I just left the paper business as a reporter because I was making 12 an hour in an awful town with no room for growth. I couldn’t afford insurance or my student loans. I’ve been unemployed since May save for a part time internship that can’t hire me full time and a late night job as a bouncer for 10 an hour. I have a bachelor’s degree. I’ve applied nearly 300 plus places in all sorts of fields and still nothing. I can’t even get a job in town splitting firewood. I just called a crisis hotline because I’m seriously considering blowing my brains out. I’m only 24, but it feels like it’s already over. How am I supposed to get anywhere if I can’t even get my foot in the door? The only thing that stops me is the thought if my family’s pain, but I’m starting to think that they’re better off with me gone.

    • They won’t be better off! They’ll miss you for the rest of their lives, and they’ll blame themselves for not doing more to help you in your time of need. Many, many people go through such hardships but only a few have the courage to speak out about it, which is a first step. Good for you!

      You have skills that employers need. It’s just a question of finding the right employer and having enough confidence that they’ll take a chance on you.

      Look back on your successes. How did you get that job as a reporter? Compile a work portfolio of your best work. Among other things, reporters need to be skilled in research and communications, written or otherwise. Just having those two skills qualifies you for many kinds of jobs you can find online, such as being a virtual assistant, content writer, researcher and more. So many companies are trying to get newspapers and websites to talk about them (PR) but have no idea how to approach those sites, maybe you could advise them. And there’s nothing from stopping you from doing all of the above from the comfort of your laptop or even smartphone. Gauge demand by calling around town and checking local job boards, and focus by starting where there’s the most demand.

      You can do this! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  • I am planning on suicide. I have a 9mm pistol with 1 bullet for my head loaded and its sitting on my nightstand. umemployed almost 2 months, can’t take this and losing it. I plan to blow my skull in pieces

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