Thinking Man

Thoughts Of Suicide

I'm Having Suicidal Thoughts

Having thoughts of suicide is not unusual or shameful. Most people who experience even intense suicidal moments recover and live fulfilling lives. Getting professional help is important, and connecting to support of various kinds makes a difference in getting through these difficult time.

SAFETY FIRST!

  • If you are not hurt, have a friend help you get to a mental health urgent care setting or the emergency room

REMOVE ACCESS TO LETHAL MEANS

If you are having suicidal thoughts, it’s important to remove items that could be potentially harmful like knives, firearms or medications. Ask a friend or family member to store your medications until you feel better. If you own a firearm, store it in a safe or lock box separate from ammunition and ask a friend or family member to hold onto the key for you.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON

Start by learning the symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicide. Be honest with yourself as you evaluate your own thoughts and feelings. Do not be afraid to reach out even if you think your problems are too small. If something negatively affects you or is keeping you from living mentally well, it matters.

It’s also helpful to be aware of local resources in your community.

GET TALKING

Even if you don’t think you will act upon them, if you are having thoughts about killing or hurting yourself, you need to talk about it with someone. This is a vital first step in the process of getting better. Know that it is OK to have suicidal thoughts, but it’s not OK to keep your thoughts secret. Don’t be afraid to reach out or ask for help. Help is available and more options for getting help exist than ever before.

 

Reach out to at least one or more of the following:

  • Family member

  • Friend

  • Crisis counselor (1-800-273-8255 in USA) or text HOME to 741-741 (Crisistextline.org).

  • Primary Care Doctor

  • Mental Health Professional (Therapist)

  • Teacher or educator you trust

  • Church Leader

  • Find a Support Group