These nine examples of letters, diaries, and notes build up to what I think is a compelling picture of the despair and powerlessness felt by suicides. Some were left by those who had killed themselves, but most were written by survivors. We can sum up suicide quite simply as a search by those who felt trapped, for an end to unbearable mental anguish. Desperation, darkness, and depth of suffering depressed their minds as they struggled with feelings of being worthless, alone, and pointless. But the extracts also show the range of emotions felt by survivors, from bewilderment and awful comprehension to blame and stigma.