Many people who have suicidal thoughts experience them when they are not in their usual frame of mind. This can be due to a mental illness, such as depression, or because of stressful events going on in their lives. Therefore, these feelings are often temporary, or treatable.
If you’re thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Thoughts about suicide are quite common. As many as 17 in 100 people experience them. Most people who have thoughts about suicide will not actually kill themselves.
No matter what your situation, there are people who need you, places where you can make a difference, and experiences that can remind you that life is worth living. It takes real courage to face death and step back from the brink. You can use that courage to face life, to learn coping skills for overcoming depression, and for finding the strength to keep going. Remember:
- Your emotions are not fixed—they are constantly changing. How you feel today may not be the same as how you felt yesterday or how you’ll feel tomorrow or next week.
- Your absence would create grief and anguish in the lives of friends and loved ones.
- There are many things you can still accomplish in your life.
- There are sights, sounds, and experiences in life that have the ability to delight and lift you—and that you would miss.
- Your ability to experience pleasurable emotions is equal to your ability to experience distressing emotions.
If You’re Having Suicidal Thoughts
If you are having thoughts about suicide, you may feel alone and that nobody can help you, or that nobody cares. This is not at all true. Remember that you may not be in your typical frame of mind, so feelings may be confusing. Everyone’s situation is different but there is always someone there who may be able help, even if it’s just by listening.
Here are some of the many options you might consider helping you through this difficult time:
- Talk to someone: Sharing how you feel helps. Talking through your feelings with a close friend, family member, or helpline can also help you see things differently. Call 1-800-273-TALK if you’re struggling and need immediate help.
- Get professional support: A mental health therapist can help you develop a treatment plan to deal with the emotions you are experiencing.
- Take care of yourself: Try to list the good things in your life and return to it when you need to distract yourself. Pull out your favorite music playlist, photos, or trinkets of happy memories. Look after your wellbeing by getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising.