Things To Do When You Have Suicidal Thoughts
Studies have shown that those who commit suicide most often believe that they can handle suicidal thoughts on their own when it happens. Unfortunately, hiding behind this belief only escalates the impending risk factors leading to suicide.
It is, therefore, imperative that we see and treat suicide like any other life-threatening emergency. People who have survived severe bouts of depression and dealing with suicidal thoughts can attest to the fact that they found solace by confiding in others their problems.
Sometimes life may seem difficult and feelings of doubt can ensue. You may begin to think that the only way to find relief is by taking your life. When this feeling creeps up, it becomes difficult to handle the tough situation, thus making you feel even more powerless.
The good news is that help is never far away. There are several ways you can overcome suicidal thoughts and we are going to share a few practical examples.
- The first thing is to try to understand the situation and handle it well without giving way to any negative thoughts.
- Understand that depression and problems can affect the way you think and influence your ability to make sound decisions.
- Know that suicidal thought is caused by curable issues.
- Make it clear to yourself that suicide is not the only way out.
Practical things you can do if you have suicidal thoughts:
Get help as soon as possible!
- Contact your mental health care provider.
- Call an available suicide hotline number.
- Contact 911 or any number for local emergencies.
- Inform a close friend or family member.
Create a plan
Make a plan that will ensure your safety with the mental health specialist that you can always reach out to during the times when you have suicidal thoughts. Understand the warning signs early enough so that you can easily apply the plan created.
Have it in mind to know the list of actions recommended to assist you in critical times. Keep to them, so as to help avert the consequences that could come with suicidal thoughts. Here is a sample plan you can memorize when having suicidal thoughts:
- Contact your mental health provider or therapist.
- Contact a close family member who will always be available to help you cope with your suicidal thoughts.
- Engage in specific recreational activities that will put off your mind from suicidal thoughts.
- Find the reasons why you need to stay alive.
- Think about how much you love your family and friends.
Other things you need to do are:
- Follow your treatment religiously. Make sure to take your daily treatment as directed by your specialist and attend all recommended treatment sessions.
- Ensure that you have the contacts of close family members and friends. Have a diary containing numbers you can contact when you really need to.
- Separate weapons you could use in hurting yourself and keep away from home. Get rid of weapons like guns, sharp objects like razors and all other objects you could use to hurt or kill yourself.
- Engage in recreational activities. Physical activities and exercise can help elevate you from being depressed. Take a walk and go jogging in the early hours of the morning.
- Avoid alcohol consumption during this time. Alcohol increases suicidal thoughts and could be a reason you commit suicide.
Do not allow worries or fears overcome you. Some of the finest, most admired, needed, and talented people in the world have had similar situation as yours, some even worse. Always remind yourself that recovery is possible no matter how bad you think the situation is.