Suicidal Thoughts and Feeling Suicidal
Often we don't know why we feel such feelings, only that we no longer wish to feel the way we do.
Often, suicide feels like the only choice.
Things to Remember
- Wait. Allow some time to pass before you think about acting on the suicidal thoughts. See where you are in 24 hours, or a week.
- You are not alone. Suicidal thoughts and feeling suicidal affects very many people. Maybe more than you think. Between 10% and 14% of all people will think about suicide in their lifetime.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol which can intensify difficult feelings and increase impulsiveness,
- Accept that change is inevitable. See suicide as a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
- Seek support. Talk to someone. Anyone you trust. If there's no-one you can trust, see below for other ways to find support.
- Feeling suicidal may be a symptom of a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression. And these issues can be successfully treated,
One Man's Experience of Feeling Suicidal
How to Find Help
If you feel you are going to act on these thoughts now you can call your GP, your local A&E, or, in the UK, 999.
If in the longer-term you feel you need counselling or psychotherapy support and you live in Bristol, please see my contact me page for ways to contact me for an initial appointment. I am a fully qualified, registered, experienced counsellor / psychotherapist living in Bristol. Please feel free to explore my website, Your Voice Counselling, Bristol to find out more about counselling and psychotherapy in general.
If you don't live in Bristol, the Find a Therapist website has a list of registered counsellors and psychotherapists in your local area (UK only).
Remember: There is Hope
Seeking support is often the first step towards recovery.
Recovery is possible.