Most people who think about suicide have problems they feel they will be unable to overcome. They believe that no one will be able to help them and that suicide is the only option. People who consider suicide may be feeling like there is nothing they can do to make their situation better. They may think their problem cannot be solved by anyone. They may be feeling like they are a failure. They may feel hateful toward themselves and others. They may feel like they are a burden. They may feel the pain of living is overwhelming and too much to bear.
If you are experiencing any of these thoughts or feelings seek immediate support. Send a signal to your support team on the weCARE app or if you do not have the app yet call the National Suicide Prevention Line at (800)273-8255 or 911 to seek immediate help.
If you are experiencing some of these but are not an immediate risk download the app and build a support team to help you through these difficult moments. Seek in person help through local license councilors and support groups.
There are many different warning signs that may be observed in yourself or another. All warning signs need attention and some require immediate action.
Signs that require immediate action:
- Making plans for how or when to attempt suicide
- Frequently talking, writing or drawing about death or physical harm
- Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences
- Behaving violently
- Self harm
- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger
- Giving away prized possessions
- Putting affairs in order
- Seeking access to firearms, pills or other means of harming yourself
Signs that require attention:
- Feeling hopeless, trapped or like there's no way out
- Trouble sleeping or eating that persist or worsen
- Feeling anxious or agitated
- Feeling like there is no reason to live
- Feeling rage or anger
- Engaging in risky activities without thinking about the consequences
- Increasing alcohol or drug misuse
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Disinterest in previously enjoyed hobbies or activities
Warning signs come in many different forms that very from person to person. It is important to take all warning signs seriously and provide help or resources where able. Although the listed are common warning signs it's important to note that not everyone displays these warning signs and may display other signs that are not listed. If you feel like yourself or another are displaying warning signs seek help.
No matter what it is you are feeling there is support and things you can do to solve it. Treatments to help cope with suicidal thoughts and behaviors may include counseling, medication, support groups or some combination of all these.
Counseling and support groups help provide new solutions and perspectives that may not have previously occurred. Medications help counter chemicals that may be contributing to suicidal thoughts.
In addition to professional help, there are tips that help prevent and deal with suicidal thoughts through lifestyle adjustments.
- Set reasonable goals for yourself
- Cut back on obligations if overworked
- Spend time with family, friends or other peers to avoid isolation
- Get enough sleep
- Slow down, using relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing
- Set reasonable goals
- Stay active
- Spend time with family and friends
- Connect with a support group of peers
- Cut back on obligations if you are overworked
- Get enough sleep
- Stay grounded, use relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing
- Separate what is in your control and what is not
- Reach out when you need support
- Encourage the person to seek treatment - individuals who have suicidal thoughts may not have the motivation to find help. If they are currently a part of treatment or a group encourage them to continue treatment. Through the weCARE app you're able to stay connected with a loved one in crisis to help them with continued encouragement.
- Encourage communication - those in crisis may feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty about their feelings/actions. Be supportive and understanding, and express your care for them. Listen attentively and patiently.
- Be respectful and acknowledge their feelings without judgement. Even if their suicidal thoughts may not be logical their emotions are still real. Respect and acknowledge their feelings and express that you hear them.
- Remove potentially dangerous items - physically harmful items, such as knives, guns and razors, are important to keep in a safe place with limited/no access. Additionally items like drugs (including prescription) and alcohol are encouraged to be removed as well or at least very closely monitored.