Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts …

1. Commit to not doing anything for this moment – Despite the fact that the pain is overwhelming, choose to put some distance between your thoughts and your actions. Tell yourself: “I am going to wait for 24 hours. During that time, I will commit to not doing anything I might later regret.”

Your thoughts can stay as thoughts. You don’t have to act them out.

2. Stay away from alcohol and drugs (including non-prescription drugs) – Suicidal thoughts can be intensified if you are using drugs or alcohol. They can increase your feelings of despair and hopelessness. They can also cloud your judgment and ability to think. Don’t risk it.

3. Plan ahead and make your home safe – Think about, and remove any items you feel you could potentially use to harm yourself (knives, razors, bottles of pills etc,) If it isn’t possible to remove these from your home, put them in a place that is hard to access.

If you think you might overdose on important prescription medication, ask someone you trust to give them to you one day at a time.

4. Keep holding on to hope – People who struggle with suicidal thought DO find the courage and the strength they need to get through the hardest, and darkest, times. The chances are you, too, can push through these feelings and find the will to live, no matter how desperate things feel, or how hopeless things look, or how lonely you are, or how much you hate yourself right now.

Please believe it is worth hanging on. Others have made it, and you can, too.  

5. Don’t fight this battle alone – Don’t keep your suicidal feelings to yourself. Lots of us have gone through times like this. People won’t think you’re crazy. There are really are people out there who can help you, and who will want to help you. The first step to coping with these thoughts and feelings is to share them with someone you think you can trust. Perhaps a close friend, a counsellor or therapist, or someone you can reach on a distress helpline. Give it a chance. Give it a try. Tell someone how absolutely awful you feel. Don’t allow fear, shame, or embarrassment stop you from getting the help you deserve.

25 thoughts on “Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

  1. Number 5 is HUGE! Some may think that talking about their suicidal thoughts makes them more likely to carry them out. But in my experience, this simply isn’t true. When I told my counselor I planned to jump off a tall bridge, he immediately asked me to wait 24 hours before doing anything. Hey, wasn’t that number 1 on your list?! Anyway, I quickly agreed and was actually relieved my secret was OUT . Being accountable to someone else may have saved my life!

    Even today (20+ years later) I talk about my one time suicidal thoughts frankly. It shouldn’t be a taboo subject. Most won’t hesitate to tell your about their heart bypass. Well, I bypassed taking my own life and it’s worth remembering. Yet another extremely helpful post! God Bless.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing this David. We should never be ashamed of feeling desperate, and contemplating suicide. Having suicidal thoughts is a lot more common that people realize.
      I’m so glad you were honest with your counsellor. Really glad!!! That advice to wait 24 hours can be an absolute life saver. We think and feel differently on different days. It’s worth waiting that 24 hours!! Thanks again for this invaluable comment.

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  2. Thank you for addressing peer support. Often times we are looking for an outlet for our pain, but we don’t want to inconvenience others. What we don’t consider is that people want to help us. Listening is something any person is capable of doing – it’s just a matter of reaching out to allow someone to listen and be there. No one is an island – let’s support one another.

    This is a great post – thanks for sharing!

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  3. So beautiful blog, sometimes we loose our hope and feel nothing left in life and we become depressed and then come this suicidal thoughts. I think who is suffering this problem should read your article.Thank you very much for sharing ❣️👏💐🌹


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