How To Deal With Suicidal Thoughts

How To Deal With Suicidal Thoughts

This is a very, very hard post to write, the number of times I’ve tried to deal with suicidal thoughts and have had a close family member experience them too, and even act on those thoughts is scary. It’s not something I find very easy to speak about but then I want to in case you need that little bit of guidance to help rid of those thoughts from your head. It’s not easy, it’s most certainly not an overnight fix, but I have done my fair share of research and experienced a lot over the years to help with dealing with suicidal thoughts.

How To Deal With Suicidal Thoughts

This is a big one. Talk, to anyone. Absolutely anyone – trusted who will listen tell them. It’s a hard subject to bring up, trust me I know and it can be absolutely heartbreaking to finally say what you’re feeling out loud but also at the same time you will feel a huge weight be lifted. Having someone to discuss how you’re feeling with will not only lift a weight, it will also help you come to an action plan of what the next step to take will be.

Keep Journals
Keeping journals isn’t half as effective as telling someone outright that you’re feeling suicidal however, writing them down will bring you the comfort of getting the thoughts out of your head and onto a piece of paper or into some form of text depending on how you journal. It’s also a good thing to have to show someone if you’re not confident in talking to someone, showing them your journal and simply asking for help will get you one step closer to feeling better.

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Speak To Professionals
Visit your doctor and explain to them how you feel. They are there to help at the end of the day. I know a lot of people who in the past have been failed by health professionals when it comes to their mental health, me being one. When I was a teenager they didn’t help me at all, however more recently the doctors have listened and helped me as much as they can with what I’ve told them and on the back end of that statement, make sure you tell the doctors or councillors everything. They’re not there to judge you, they’re not judging you. They are there to help.

Call The Samaritans
They’re there for a reason and the reason is to help people with thoughts they’re finding hard to contain. Negative thoughts that maybe you’re wanting to act on. They’re professionals and they’re there for you to use them, so don’t feel like you’re being a burden.
Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen
or call: 116-123

Focus On Today, Not Tomorrow
Ultimately if you’re thinking about hurting yourself just know that it will pass and you may well feel differently tomorrow. Focus on just getting yourself through the current day. Do something that makes you happy, whether that be watching your favourite movie, listening to your favourite songs or for me, it’s sniffing and cuddling my pet conure. (That’s a parrot in case you didn’t know)

Be Aware Of Your Triggers
Triggers are different for every person. You’ll have a good idea of what it is that triggers your feelings. Whether it’s events or personal feelings.

Stay Away From Drugs And Alcohol
Alcohol is notorious for affecting the parts of your brain that controls how you make judgements, how you concentrate as well as affecting your behaviour and emotions. Alcohol increase is more likely to encourage you to take action on your suicidal thoughts.

Drugs affect the way you think and feel. Different drugs have different effects. For example, cocaine can make you feel happy and more likely to take risks when you take it. But you may feel depressed after the effects stop. Other drugs can cause hallucinations, confusion and paranoia. You may be more likely to take your own life if you take illegal drugs.

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Distract yourself
There are so many thing’s you can do to distract yourself from how you’re feeling. For me, I like to get outside, leaving my current home environment helps massively with how I feel. You can maybe read a book or magazine, watch a film or tv series, go see a friend, listen to music, paint or draw, spend time with a pet or maybe make a list of positive things you want to achieve or do, even if it’s just as simple as putting the laundry on.

Try And Relax
You’re clearly worked up, most of the time we all are when we’re thinking of the worst, so by relaxing and breathing. Deep breaths in and out will help calm you down. Listening to meditation music or sounds really helps.

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