STOP Suicide Poems

STOP Suicide Poems

Poems about Suicide and Depression

When a friend or family member commits suicide, everyone is plunged into confusion and grief. Life is instinctually valued by all of life's creatures. Even a blade of grass or flower fights for the privilege of life. When someone close to you voluntarily ends their lives, your entire value system is thrown into question. Family members or friends may also be consumed with guilt, thinking that they somehow should have seen the signs that led to the individual's suicide. Group therapy with others who have experienced this trauma as well as individual therapy may be necessary to help cope.

62 Poems about Suicidal Depression

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  1. 1. Richard Cory

    A narrative poem, "Richard Cory" was first published in 1897, as part of The Children of the Night. It is one of Robinson's most popular and published poems.
    The poem describes a person who is wealthy, well-educated, mannerly, and admired by the people in his town. Despite all this, he takes his own life.

    Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
    We people on the pavement looked at him:
    He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
    Clean favored, and imperially slim.

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    I read this poem as one of the mandatory literary pieces while in High School. Even at that tender age something about the absurdity of life struck me and it continued to haunt me. I tried to...

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  3. 2. If You Would Have Known

    I wrote this poem for my nephew who died by suicide at the age of 16. He was such a sweet kid and very talented. He taught himself how to play the piano and guitar and wrote a song at only 15 years of age. He left this world too soon.

    If you could have seen the devastation,
    shattered hearts you'd leave behind, 
    would you still have left this world that day?
    Would it have made you change your mind?

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    Thank you so much for sharing that with me! You are never alone! And you don't have fight life's battles by yourself. Reach out to someone, anyone! There are people ready and waiting by the...

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  4. 3. My Best Friend's Departure

    • By Carina Spencer
    • Published: November 2011

    My cousin was my best friend, and sadly, he took his own life. I wish I could have helped him and changed the outcome, but the past cannot be changed. This poem is based on my grief and my regret and also my love for him and his life.

    I jumped; you caught me.
    I laughed; you joked.
    I was down; you picked me up.
    I crumbled; you glued me back together.

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    I've struggled a lot over the past year in a severe depressive episode. I've had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end it more times than I can say, but your words are grounding for me. I read...

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  6. 4. Troubled Heart

    I have a friend who lost a son to suicide. I, too, have lost loved ones, even a small grandson, but realized through my friend that his kind of loss was likely the most devastating kind. His son was a great young man who unknowingly had trials, which brought him to take his own life. I wrote this poem for my friend and for all who experience such a loss.

    The moment you took your life,
    I felt mine ended too.
    If I could only turn back time,
    there's so much I would undo.

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    My friend Caitlin passed from suicide about a month ago now. She texted me saying, "I love you, Tabby," and I thought something was up, so I called her. She told me I was her best friend. I...

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  7. 5. Jim

    My brother Jim - age 46 - took his own life 5 years ago and left our family devastated. As far as we are aware, this was due to financial problems. A death by suicide is a death that leaves so many unanswered questions and so much guilt. It is hard to comprehend and makes the grieving process so much harder. Too many young people are finding it harder to cope with the pressures of society. This poem is just my story. There are many, too many more stories that are sadly the same.

    If I had reached out my hand,
    Would you have taken it that day?
    Could I have made you feel better?
    Could I have made you okay?

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    A year ago my best friend and boyfriend killed himself. The real ache lies beneath the fact that I probably knew what was the reason and could have prevented anything from happening had I not...

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  8. 6. Save A Life

    • By Emily Tekavec
    • Published: January 2016

    I wrote this poem when I had a friend who wanted to leave this world. I didn't know how to help him by talking to him, so I wrote him this poem. I wrote it 2 years ago, and still to this day he reads it and always thanks me for it. Maybe this can help one of your friends, as it did mine.

    You come to me crying, saying it's done,
    That life is pointless, I shouldn't have one.

    I tell you to stop, I beg and I plead.

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    This poem is the poem my friend sent me when I was debating taking my life. This poem saved my life, literally. Thank you!

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  10. 7. That Girl

    • By Amber
    • Published: May 2008

    This poem was one I wrote after my dad told me he didn't love me. If you ever feel like this, then get help before it's too late.

    Forever feeling her life is dying,
    But the doctors keep on lying.
    "Your daughter will be fine,
    Just give her some time."

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    Drip drop. Let your tears fall non-stop. Cry your eyes out because he broke your heart. Let those memories fade away and turn into dust because there was no loyalty, trust, or love. Let the...

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  11. 8. A Silent War

    • By Lisa Miktuk
    • Published: February 2010

    When I was 15, my Dad committed suicide and I never got the chance to say goodbye. I want to tell this story to help others understand the value of time that they have to spend with loved ones. Always say "I love you" because you never know what may happen. It is the worst feeling in the world to know that they may not have known.

    Leaving us without word, nothing left to say,
    Mom and me are never going to forget that day.
    Something must have hurt so bad and I simply turned my back,
    There's so many things I want to say, but it seems the right words I lack.

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    Thank you for this poem. It was two years ago today my father took his own life. By far the most traumatic, life-altering event in my life to this day. He was an addict who suffered severe...

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  12. 9. Missing You Forever

    • By Sanaz Shokravi
    • Published: October 2008

    I wrote this poem 2 weeks after my brother took his own life. It has been a year now, but the pain hasn't gotten better. These words are just a way of expressing the pain.
    He is missed-- Mehrshad Shokravi (October 31, 1980-October 8, 2007)

    It's been two weeks today
    that you finally got it your way.
    You left us here, without a farewell,
    leaving behind just your smell.

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    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. My brother took his life on April 7, 2015. It was 4 days after his 50th birthday. He was the baby in our family, and I am the middle...

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  13. 10. Stress Is A Killer

    • By Krista Ceci
    • Published: June 2011

    I wrote this poem after I got in a fight with my mom about wanting to kill myself.

    Stress is feeding on me,
    Sucking out my soul.
    I feel my body weakening,
    it refuses to let go.

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    I know what it is like to think that it would stop all the pain. You feel like it's the only way, but it's not. I thought for me it was the only way. I tried so many times to do it but when I...

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  14. 11. A Friend Can Save A Life

    • By Paige Bryant
    • Published: March 2015

    I've lost people in my life because of suicide. The more I think about it, the more I think it's partially my fault for not being a good friend when they needed one.

    That girl's heart aches,
    Her smile is fake.
    The cuts sting,
    Her phone rings.

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    My BEST FRIEND FOREVER is in the exact situation but I can't knock at her door as she's miles away... her mum kicked her out of her own house, so my best friend is living with her aunt and...

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  15. 12. Became

    We all become "something" after we leave school, but what about the one who didn't make it past school?

    He was the geeky kid, carrying all of his books,
    That became a scientist who found the cure for the disease that overtook.

    She was the quiet one, who was afraid no one would listen to what she had to say,

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  16. 13. Crazy, Crazy On The Wall

    Sorry if this is triggering for anyone, but stigma and prejudice are terrible.

    Crazy, crazy on the wall
    Are you the craziest of them all?
    What you doing with that knife?
    Why'd you want to end your life?

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  17. 14. After You're Gone

    My poem is meant for any teen who is considering ending their life by suicide. Teen suicide has become an epidemic, one that has affected me personally. I wrote this poem to make teens aware of what happens when they are gone. Hopefully, it will deter them from suicide.

    I want to paint a picture;
    it's a scene that you should see.
    If you decide to end your life,
    what becomes of your family?

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  18. 15. How I Feel

    • By Lyn
    • Published: June 2007

    A poem on battling dark thoughts

    Sometimes I just wish I could run away and hide.
    No matter where I go though, these feelings stay inside.
    How can I stay here and live each day a lie,
    When all I want to do is close my eyes and die?

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    Please don't run and hide. It sounds like you are hurting inside. Please be strong and try to talk to someone about how you are feeling. You are worth it you are not useless or worthless. You...

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  19. 16. Trapped

    • By KELSIE
    • Published: June 2014

    I went through quite a long battle with depression and self-harm, and this is my attempt at describing what it was like. I thought that life meant nothing and that everyone around me would be better off without me. The only reason I'm still alive is God: he saved me. So if you ever think you're unloved, useless, disgusting, remember this: You are worth it. You are loved. You are amazing and beautiful, and you don't even know it. Suicide is NEVER the answer.

    My silent screams go unnoticed,
    My darkened dreams unchecked;
    This emptiness is all consuming,
    Will it steal away my breath?

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    I often feel useless, like a waste of space and breath. I hate everything about myself. The only way to make myself feel better, even for just a little bit, is to hurt myself. I always feel...

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  20. 17. The Fight

    I wrote this not because I wanted to commit suicide; it was just all the emotions I had in me that wrote this...

    My body's cold,
    lips are blue.
    Why did I do this because of you?

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    My name is Destiny, and I was sexually abused from my mum's partner's brother, and no one believed me. My mum did something, but they were still angry. Not sure to believe me. Then, I was...

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  21. 18. Gone Too Soon

    • By Lisa Milczarski
    • Published: July 2013

    I wrote this poem from the viewpoint of my closest and dearest friend after her brother took his own life. I knew there were things she wanted to say but didn't know how to express...so I tried to express the feelings for her in writing.

    I know you're in heaven dancing and free
    but there's so much more you should be here to see.

    So many things I never got to say

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    I am so sorry that you lost someone to suicide. I know what you feel like. I have lost someone to suicide before as well, my best friend, Jami. He hung himself on October 20, 2021, at 12:30...

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  22. 19. I Didn't Want You To Die

    • By Bruce Cassidy
    • Published: June 2008

    I felt like it was my fault when my best friend committed suicide after quitting drugs because I accidentally overdosed...

    I miss you man; won't you please come back
    'Cause you were loved; didn't you know that?
    You saved my life; I could talk to you.
    I would have saved yours if only I knew.

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    I went behind my best friend's back and talked to his crush. He was mad. I hated myself and I cried. He said stop crying. I'm just upset. He said let's not talk for a few days. I miss him...

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  23. 20. A Friend Commits Suicide

    • By Amiee
    • Published: April 2008

    One of my closest friends committed suicide last year. Gone Too Soon.

    You were like a brother to me,
    My very best friend.
    You said you would always be there.
    You promised we would never end.

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