Suicidal thoughts, or suicide ideation, means to think about or to plan suicide.
Thoughts can range from creating a detailed plan to having a consideration. It does not include the final act of suicide.
Many people experience suicidal thoughts, especially during times of stress or when they face mental or physical health challenges.
Suicidal thoughts can be mostly from a symptom of an underlying problem. Treatment is effective in many cases, but the first step is to ask for help.
If a loved one is having any of these thoughts or talking about suicide, it is essential to take immediate action to help and protect them.
What are the symptoms???
A person who may experience or have experienced suicidal thoughts may show the following signs or symptoms:
1.Feels or appears to feel trapped or hopeless.
2.Feels intolerable emotional pain.
3.Has mood shifts, either happy or sad.
4.Experiences agitation or a heightened state of anxiety.
5.Experiences changes in personality, routine, or sleep patterns.
6.Increased use of drugs or alcohol.
7.Engaged in risky behavior, such as driving carelessly or taking drugs.
8.Getting their affairs in order and giving things away.
9.Getting hold of a gun or substances that could end a life.
10.Experiences depression, panic attacks, or impaired concentration. 11.Isolates themselves, talks about being a burden to others.
12.Experiences psychomotor agitation, such as pacing or wringing the hands.
13.Says goodbye to others as though it were the last time.
14.Experiences a loss of enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities, such as eating, exercise, social interaction, or sex.
15.Expresses severe remorse and self-criticism.talks about suicide or dying.
16.Expresses regret about being alive or ever having been born.
17.Preoccupied with violence, dying, or death.
18.Talks about revenge, guilt, or shame.
What can cause or trigger suicide ideation???
Suicide ideation can occur when a person feels that they are no longer able to cope with an overwhelming situation. This could stem from financial problems, the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or a debilitating illness or health condition.
Some other common situations or life events that might cause suicidal thoughts include grief, sexual abuse, financial problems, remorse, rejection, and unemployment.
What are the risk factors that increase the chance for suicide???
-a family history of violence or suicide.-a family history of child abuse, neglect, or trauma.
-a history of mental health issues.-a feeling of hopelessness.
-knowing, identifying, or being associated with someone who has completed suicide
-engaging in reckless or impulsive behavior-a feeling of seclusion or loneliness
-identifying as LGBTQIA+ with no family or home support
-not being able to access care for mental health issues
-a loss of work, friends, finances, or a loved one having a physical illness or health condition
-possessing a gun or other lethal methods
-not seeking help due to fear or stigma-stress due to discrimination and prejudice
-historical trauma, such as the destruction of communities and cultures
-having attempted suicide before
-experiencing bullying or trauma
-exposure to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide
-experiencing legal problems or debt-being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
How can we prevent this??
Family and friends may notice through a person’s speech or behavior that they could be at risk of experiencing suicide ideation.
They can help by talking to the person and by seeking appropriate suppor
Ask them if they are thinking about suicide. Studies show that asking does not increase the risk.
Keep them safe by staying around and removing any means of committing suicide, such as knives, where possible.
Listen to them and be there for them..
Encourage them to call a helpline or contact someone they might turn to for support, such as a friend, family member, or spiritual mentor.
Follow up with them after the crisis has passed, as this appears to reduce the risk of a recurrence.
Other tips include keeping some emergency phone numbers at hand. These may be for a trusted friend, a helpline, or the person’s doctor.
If you know someone at immediate risk of self-harm, suicide, or hurting another person:
1.Ask the tough question: “Are you considering suicide?”
2.Listen to the person without judgment.
3.Call local emergency number,
4.Stay with the person until professional help arrives.
5.Try to remove any weapons, medications, or other potentially harmful objects.
How can we treat this????
Suicide ideation is a symptom of an underlying problem. Medications and talking therapies, such as cognitive behavior therapy or counseling, can often help.
Anyone who is experiencing mental health problems should try to seek treatment as soon as possible. Once treatment starts, it is important to follow the treatment plan, attend follow-up appointments, and take any medications as a healthcare professional directs.
Support a person just by listening to them and helping them engage with healthcare professionals can make a big difference.
People who experience suicide ideation, the following may help:
1.Talk to family, friends, or a support worker about their feelings.
2.Ask a loved one to meet their health provider and possibly attend sessions with them.
3.Avoid or limit the use of alcohol and recreational drugs.
4.Stay connected with others, as much as possible.
5.Get regular exercise.
6.Eat a balanced diet.
7.Sleep for at least 7–8 hours per day.
8.Do not keep guns, knives or potentially harmful substances within easy reach.
9.Seek things that provide pleasure, such as music or time spent outdoors.
10.Seek and adhere to treatment.
Follow a doctor’s recommendations about prescription drug use and monitor for adverse effects.
Many people experience suicidal thoughts at some time in their life.
A significant number of people with suicide ideation keep their thoughts and feelings a secret and show no sign that anything is wrong.
Sharing the problem with a healthcare provider, a loved one, or a support worker can often help.
Help each other and stay strong!!!!