Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts & Feelings
You’re not alone; many of us have had suicidal thoughts at some point in our lives. Feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn’t mean that you are crazy, or weak, or flawed. It only means that you have more pain than you can cope with right now. This pain seems overwhelming and permanent at the moment. But with time and support, you can overcome your problems and the pain and suicidal feelings will pass.
COPING WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
“What Should I Do?” A PDF download with information on how to understand your suicidal feelings and how to develop a safety plan. (Consortium for Organizational Mental Health)
How to Help Someone who is Suicidal
A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. Most people who commit suicide don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE
A survivor of suicide is a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide.
Survivors of suicide represent “the largest mental health casualties related to suicide” (Edwin Shneidman, Ph.D., AAS Founding President).
There are currentsly over 32,000 suicides annually in the USA. It is estimated that for every suicide there are at least 6 survivors. Some suicidologists believe this to be a very conservative estimate. Based on this estimate, approximately 5 million American became survivors of suicide in the last 25 years.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
After an Attempt
A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member after Treatment in the Emergency Department