Suicidal thoughts are a very strong signal that something really bad is happening. They don’t come out of nowhere and always have their reasons – often the problems are so deep and layered that a person may not even be aware of their existence. If you experience suicidal thoughts or someone close to you has confided in you, it is important to seek professional help. Psychoeducation on this topic is really important!
WHERE DO SUICIDAL THOUGHTS COME FROM?
Many people experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. Such thoughts can affect people of all ages – adults, older people, adolescents, and children. Social or material status is also insignificant. Therefore, we should not underestimate anyone who confides in us with thoughts of suicide. Many people tend to hide their problems from the world and try to give the impression that everything is fine.
Everyone has their own life, everyone has their own problems, and what seems perfect to one person is really full of challenges and problems for another. Do not let such thoughts stop you from seeking help – the sooner you get help, the sooner you can start healing and solving your problems.
Suicidal thoughts are a very strong distress signal. The whole mind of the person is screaming for help because what is happening around them is too overwhelming to bear. Such a person needs immediate help.
What are the most common causes of suicide according to statistics?
- Chronic stress
- Online hate, cyberbullying
- Death of a loved one
- Unrequited love
- Non-acceptance of one’s own sexual orientation
- Societal non-acceptance of people from the LGBT+ community
- Financial problems
- Problems with addiction, both personal and family-related
- Trauma Feelings of loneliness and rejection
- Physical violence
- Mental abuse
- Financial abuse
- Loss of job
- Anxiety disorders
- Any other mental disorders, problems, and illnesses
All of these situations are very serious and require professional help. Psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists – they are all people who want to help you. Send a signal that you need this help. Take the first, very difficult, but also extremely important step. Break your shame and fight for a better and happier life.
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE? SEEK HELP!
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, don’t settle for them. You may even think that it’s the only right solution for your situation, but that’s not true. There is always something that can be done. Don’t close yourself off from outside help. If you feel like there is no one around to help you, seek help from a specialist. Go to a doctor, visit a psychologist, or sign up for a psychiatric consultation. Does it seem too scary and overwhelming to you? Then start with a helpline.
Everyone needs to talk about their problems. They need to be heard and feel understood. The people who work on helplines have great empathy, the ability to listen to others, and knowledge that can help you understand what you are going through. A helpline can be the first step in realizing that life is worth living and that suicidal thoughts are caused by underlying false beliefs. Everyone deserves love, support, and help. You are not an exception – you deserve to be surrounded by trustworthy people, those whom you can open up to, share your problems with, and seek help together.
Suicidal thoughts can be incredibly burdensome on the mind. It is something that is very difficult to deal with on your own. Your perspective can be greatly distorted by the stress and problems you are currently experiencing. Remember that you are not alone, even if your problems are telling you otherwise.
Psychotherapy can be very helpful for you. During therapy, you will be able to understand the core of your problems and work through them. It may reveal that the suicidal thoughts you are experiencing are related to another serious illness that needs to be addressed.
If you have strong suicidal thoughts, you can also simply call an emergency hotline. The people who work there will provide you with professional help.
Remember that there is always a reason to live, even if it seems completely opposite at this point in your life. Life is a tremendous value and should not be rejected. You can achieve a lot, you can truly gain a lot, and if you just give yourself a chance, you will be in a completely different, better moment of your life in the near future.
Remember that your life is changing. It is not a constant state. Just because you are suffering, feeling pain, and cannot see a way out of your situation today does not mean that it will always be that way. Even the worst moments will pass.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT SOMEONE WHO HAS SUICIDAL THOUGHTS?
If someone you love is struggling with suicidal thoughts, help them. This is not a situation that can be overcome alone, without outside support. Such a person is battling suffering whose strength you may not even realize. Regardless of how their life looks from the outside, what their social or material status is. They are truly suffering inside, so ignoring such problems can only confirm that suicide is the best solution.
Be patient and calm. Show interest and offer help. Sometimes, such a person may want to contact a specialist, but they do not have the strength or motivation, they are too ashamed. There is nothing wrong with asking if you can do it for that person. Show that you really want to help because you care about that person – they are important, valuable, and can achieve a lot in life.