According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide was the tenth leading cause of death of adults aged 18 and older from 2015 to 2019. Additionally, 381,295 adults visited the hospital for non-lethal self-injuries. These numbers have continued to increase over the past five years due to the lasting effects of the pandemic, social and political changes, and increased mental health crises.
What is suicidality?
Suicide ideation (SI) is defined by the National Library of Medicine as “a range of contemplations, wishes, and preoccupations with death and suicide”. There are many myths that surround suicidality. Perhaps you have heard that talking about suicide increases the amount of death by suicide, suicide cannot be prevented, or that talking about suicide makes someone ‘attention-seeking’. All of these myths are far from the truth and limit the care and interventions that can support those experiencing suicidal ideation.
Experiencing suicidal ideations can feel isolating and terrifying – but you are not alone. Many individuals that experience suicidal ideation are also coping with anxiety, depression, or psychosis. These thoughts reveal that someone is deeply struggling and needs support. Sharing these thoughts and feelings is a scary, but extremely brave act.
Help is here.
Therapy can help individuals struggling with suicidal ideation. If you or someone you love is experiencing suicidal ideation, it is important to look into treatment options that can best support recovery and coping skills to not act on these thoughts. Outpatient therapy, as offered through See You Through It Counseling, can assist individuals experiencing suicidal ideation by developing coping skills, connecting with strengths within us, and creating a safe space to talk about these feelings and emotions. If you or someone you love is an immediate danger to themselves, it is imperative to contact 911 or take them to the nearest hospital.
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If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts and feel you cannot keep yourself safe, please call 911 or go to your nearest crisis center or emergency room.
You may also seek support from the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by going to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline website or by calling 988.
If you have a loved one struggling with suicidal ideation, please read the below resource for support:
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