Suicidal thoughts occur when a person is feeling overwhelmed. The pain can feel permanent, as if it will never subside but with time and support, an individual can overcome the problems and pain. With the right tools and strategies, suicidal feelings will pass.
First Steps to Getting Help for Suicidal Thoughts
Some important steps can help a person who is having suicidal thoughts cope with the feelings. It takes commitment to being able to see further ahead than what is happening at the present moment. Here are some steps to help get started.
Step 1: Promise not to do anything right now
Pain is a part of life, but there are ways to put distance between thoughts and action in spite of the pain. Suicidal thoughts do not have to become reality. Make a promise to not do anything within 24 hours or try anything drastic. Then try 48 hours, 72 hours and a week.
Step 2: Avoid drugs or alcohol
Suicidal thoughts can increase with intensity if drugs or alcohol are taken. It is important to not abuse nonprescription drugs or alcohol, especially when feelings of hopelessness, despair or suicide pervade one’s thinking.
Step 3: Share thoughts and feelings with others
One of the best ways to cope with suicidal thoughts is to share the feelings with a trusted individual. Whether a friend, clergy member, teacher, family doctor, coach or counselor, there is help. Fear, shame and embarrassment may keep a person from seeking help but talking about what is going on in one’s life can help release pressure which is building and find new ways of coping.
Why It Happens
Emotional pain can lead to suicidal thoughts. The reasons for the pain are individual in nature as is the ability to cope with pain. Some common factors which occur in persons who are feeling suicidal might include:
- Loss, depression, anxiety disorders, medical conditions, drug or alcohol dependency, financial, legal or other problems and life’s difficulties which compound emotional distress and interfere with a person’s ability to cope effectively.
- Suicide seems the only option where none others exist. Connect with those who offer support including trained counselors and therapists. Give them a chance to help.
- Suicidal crises are temporary, not permanent. Unhappiness and pain do not last forever. Often, solutions can be found once a person gives time a chance to change perspective and circumstances with the proper support.
Reaching Out for Help
The most important element of coping with suicidal thoughts is to reach out for support. Find people who will listen to the problems and will not judge the circumstances. There is light at the end of the tunnel and a way out of the darkness. Find the right support person, call a suicide hotline or make the thoughts known to a trusted counselor and, most importantly, don’t give up.
Help is available if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts. Last Resort offers programs to support your journey of recovery. Call 512.750.6750 for more information.