Having thoughts of suicide is common when people feel depressed, anxious, frustrated, down on themselves or otherwise upset. When you are in such a frame of mind, suicide seems like a reasonable way out of a hopeless situation. It is vital to recognize the falseness of such feelings, no matter how real they seem. Your situation is not hopeless and your pain is not unbearable. There are actually many things you can do! Here are some suggestions:

1. Have a plan. Decide what you will do if such feelings come up. Talk to your therapist about it before you have a crisis. If you don't have a therapist, get one right away. Having a plan helps to reduce the likelihood of having such thoughts and if you do, keeps them in check.

2. Remove all easy opportunities for suicide, such as weapons, medications, etc. Lock them up, give them away, put them in storage, let someone else keep them for you.

3. Write out your thoughts and work at disputing and changing depressing, anxious, suicidal thoughts. For example, if you are thinking, "My life sucks", try changing this to, "Some things about my life suck, but I may be able to change them and many other things about my life are okay".

4. Fight your feelings by doing the opposite of what you feel like doing, for example:

  • Do something physical like going for a walk, exercising, etc.
  • Call a friend or someone with whom you can talk.
  • Get out of the house/apartment.
  • Go shopping, to a movie, to church or any other activity you enjoy.
  • Do something nice for yourself, like take a hot bath, buy yourself a treat, etc.

5. Do NOT turn to drinking or drugging. This might help you feel better temporarily, but it will probably just make matters worse.

6. If you are still feeling suicidal, instead of doing anything harmful to yourself, try the following:

Excerpt from Dr. Sarmiento's CyberPsychologist






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