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How To Get Help For & Understand Suicidal Thoughts

If you are feeling suicidal, you can get help right away. There are people who care, who understand how you feel, and who can offer immediate support in your mental health crisis.

Suicide Prevention: Crisis Numbers and Resources

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or have made plans to harm yourself or take your own life, you can find free and confidential support right now.

  • U.S. residents can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “START” to 741741.
  • If you live outside of the United States, contact the International Crisis Center in your home country.

No matter where you live, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Are You Suicidal?

Suicide is the voluntary taking of one’s life. Being or feeling suicidal occurs when you have suicidal thoughts or ideations. Suicidal thoughts center around wanting to harm yourself or to take your own life. Suicidal ideation is when you plan or imagine what your own suicide would be like.

If you experience these thoughts, have made plans like these, or have harmed yourself as a means of handling pain or misfortune in your life, you are at higher risk of suicide and should seek help as soon as possible.

Suicidal thoughts may be accompanied by feelings like:

  • I don’t want to go on living.
  • No one understands me or what I’m going through.
  • There is no hope for changing my bad situation.
  • No one loves me.
  • My life is meaningless or worthless.
  • People in my life would be better off without me.
  • Harming myself or taking my own life is the only way to make the pain go away.

Important Note: Suicidal thoughts or ideations are no less serious if they are fleeting or sudden. Even if you have never made detailed plans, and even if you have never attempted suicide or self-harm, risk of suicide is still present and deserves immediate attention.

Long-Term Help: Understanding Suicidal Thoughts

Even when you are not in the midst of a severe mental health crisis, you may find yourself experiencing suicidal thoughts. While the thoughts themselves are certainly scary, understanding their source may help with managing and decreasing them long term. The following are some common sources of suicidal thoughts:

  • Sexual assault
  • Abuse, manipulation, cruelty, or other attacks on your self-worth
  • Especially severe mental illness (or mental health issues that have gone untreated or unmedicated for long periods of time)
  • Neglect or abandonment

In short, trauma can be the root of the painful feelings that lead to suicidal thoughts.

We hope it helps to know that suicidal thoughts and feelings – even when they seem very intense – are still just thoughts and feelings. They can be better understood. They can be managed and treated. And they can lessen their hold on our hearts and minds.

Our mentors are here to help anytime you have suicidal thoughts and there are people ready and willing to pray for you anytime. TheHopeLine has supported many young adults on their path to regain clarity and reconnect with healthy feelings and relationships. You can break free from suicidal thoughts starting right now.

Find answers to these kinds of questions and much more through our blogs, eBooks, stories, podcasts, and more:

  • Why should I keep living?
  • What should I do if I am thinking about suicide?
  • How will suicide affect my family?
  • What are the warning signs that someone may be suicidal?
  • How do I help a suicidal friend?

Most Recent Blogs on Suicide

Suicidal Thoughts: I Can’t Live (Like This) Anymore


Scott's Story I just turned 16. About a year ago, I almost took my own life. This is my story. Started Smoking Marijuana at 8 Years Old I started smoking marijuana when I was 8. My grandpa used it for medical reasons, so I saw him smoking it all the time. If he..Read more

7 Life Lessons from a Suicide Survivor


Suicide Survivor ​​It was late September 2012. My eyes squinted shut as the nurse wheeled me out the front doors of the psych ward and helped me into the car. This was the first time I’d seen the sun in more than a week. "Good luck, Mr. Austin. Take care of yourself,”..Read more

A Daughter’s Journey: The Loss of My Father to Suicide


A Daughter's Journey, is a documentary from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  It shares the story of Sarah Ash and how she coped after the loss of her father to suicide. Below is part of Sarah's story: As Sarah graduated from college she wore her dad's watch. She says, "It’s important to..Read more

6 Emotions Survivors of Suicide Loss Face


If you have lost someone to suicide, I am deeply sorry for your loss. The traumatic experience of losing a loved one to suicide is very different than losing a loved one in any other way.  There are feelings and emotions that will be unique to this journey that you are..Read more

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Suicidal Thoughts to Accepting God’s Love


I finally came to a point in my life where I just couldn’t handle my problems on my own any more, even with the Lord.  There’s been a lot to deal with, including child abuse, severe bullying, and domestic violence. I Couldn’t Handle the Pain or Shame Despite several attempts..Read more

Dawson McAllister Saved My Life When I was Nineteen


A Rough Path in Life Dawson McAllister saved my life when I was nineteen years old. I happened to be going through the radio stations on a Sunday night when I heard this soft-spoken voice. I tuned into his radio program, Dawson McAllister Live, more and more. I started to..Read more

I Now Have a Reason to Live


My Last Effort to Find a Reason to Live I was very close to committing suicide end of summer 2017. But it felt like something was holding me back. While googling how to get free help online (too scared to get actual help), I stumbled upon TheHopeLine. I was able..Read more

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