IF YOU ARE IN A CRISIS AND NEED IMMEDIATE HELP CALL 999. YOU CAN ALSO CALL THE SAMARITANS 24/7 HELPLINE ON 116 123.
Suicidal ideation, or suicidal thoughts, is when you have considered suicide and may have the means or a plan to suicide. Many people may have suicidal thoughts and these may come and go and they may increase during times of stress or depression. If you are experiencing an emotional crisis there is hope and support available.
People having suicidal thoughts may find it is as a possible result of other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or a range of other issues. But this isn’t always the case and suicidal thoughts may not be linked to another condition in many people.
Symptoms of suicidal ideation include;
- A feeling of hopelessness and despair
- Experiencing mood swings outside of our ordinary
- Withdrawing and isolating ourselves from others
- Engaging in risky behaviour that may inadvertently lead to our death
- Changes in alcohol or drug consumption
- Experiencing a heightened state of alert and feeling anxious
- “Sorting ourself out” and putting things in order
- Change in the language we use to include talk of “being a burden”, “wanting to end it all”, “can’t cope anymore”
If you are having suicidal thoughts, you may benefit from talking to a professional with experience of suicide. Everybody’s experience is unique and as your therapist my goal is to accompany you on your own unique journey. Together we can find out more about what’s going on for you. I can support you in understanding more about your symptoms and own warning signs. Having the chance to sit down and talk to someone is a hugely significant first step to take. It is also the first step to make. It’s OK to have suicidal thoughts and it’s also OK to share those with a professional who is able to help you through.
Get in touch with Alana at Southdowns Psychotherapy to find out how therapy can help.