What to do if you’re suicidal
Being suicidal is incredibly scary. Not feeling safe in your own body is one of the worst feelings imaginable. When you are experiencing an episode and you are all alone, it is important to try and do these things:
This can be incredibly hard to do, but it is arguably the most helpful thing you can do in this situation. Whether this person be a parent, a grandparent, a significant other, or a best friend, it is important to have someone you trust. In this situation, it is best to talk about another, more lightweight topic than your thoughts because it can help you get your mind off things. Calling someone you love can also make you feel more connected, which is crucial when experiencing extreme lows. Also, if you have a therapist, it is useful to have their number so that you can call them in times of an emergency. Their job is to help you and you are not “being inconvenient” by calling them. Furthermore, the suicide hotline is available around the clock (see Resources) and they are incredibly helpful with talking through what you are feeling. There is also a crisis text line (see Resources) if you have a hearing impediment or have anxiety talking on the phone. Lastly, you can always call 911 if you feel incredibly unsafe and need to be taken to a hospital immediately. Your safety is the top priority and there are many people who are here to help you.
Think About Things to Live For:
This might seem difficult, but in dark times it is important to hold onto what makes you want to live. Try to think of small things that enrich your life, such as the smell of freshly cut grass, the feeling of a light breeze on your face, sleeping in late, constellations, fruit, an exceptional song, or a sunrise. When you think of things that make you happy, try not to think of people because that can lead to extreme guilt for having suicidal thoughts. In contrast, thinking of overlooked occurrences that bring joy can help you feel more optimistic. Trying to brainstorm little but lovely things in your life can potentially lift your spirits and bring a little smile to your face.
Do Something Relaxing:
Doing a calming activity can help when the mind’s storms seem too loud. Coloring, playing an instrument, doing yoga, reading a book, or doing a puzzle are activities that help calm the mind. They all require the individual to be completely focused on the task at hand, which is incredibly helpful when having such dark thoughts. Also, all of these activities can make you feel proud of yourself, which can help overall mood.
11/15/2017 11:39:12 am
Is there statistically a method that is proven to work the best for teens with depression in America?
11/15/2017 11:39:31 am
Very interesting ideology. I understood that people are helpful in times of need, but I didn't know how much better it is to have a friend you can talk to.
11/15/2017 11:46:38 am
Is it better to talk to friends or family when someone is feeling suicidal?
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