Suicidal thoughts and prevention

Suicidal thoughts and prevention

The definition of suicide means intentionally taking your own life.

Suicidal feelings can include an abstract thought about ending your life. Suicidal thought can also be a feeling that people would be better off without you. Or it can mean thinking about methods of suicide or making clear plans to take your own life.

You might be scared or confused by these feelings, if you are feeling suicidal. You may find these feelings overwhelming, and can cross over them. 

But you are not alone. Many of us think about suicide at some point of our lifetime when we are living in difficult times and our mind sinks into gloomy thoughts. 

How you might think or feel when you are suicidal:

  • hopeless, like there is no point in living or no hope in the future
  • tearful and overwhelmed by negative thoughts
  • unbearable pain that you can’t imagine ending
  • useless, not wanted or not needed by others
  • desperate, as if you have no other choice
  • like everyone would be better off without you
  • fascinated by death. 

Prevention of suicidal thoughts

Telling your friends and closest ones that you’ve had suicidal thoughts might help prevent you from them. Speaking to professional help is also a key role what comes to preventing suicidal habits and thoughts. Opening up your problems might be scary, since you could feel that someone is angry at you although the situation is usually the opposite and your loved ones will be grateful that you told me again.. 

Always remember that suicidal thoughts are not permanent. You can find your motivation for life again. 

If someone indicates they are considering suicide, listen and take their concerns seriously. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their plans. Let them know you care, and they are not alone. Encourage them to seek help immediately from a knowledgeable professional. Don’t leave them alone.

Article written by: Julia Leino

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