CRISIS SUPPORT

How to Get Help For & Understand Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

If you are feeling suicidal, don’t despair. Suicide is preventable, and you can get help right away. There are people who care, who understand how you feel. And there are many suicide prevention services that can offer immediate support in your mental health crisis.

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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. 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
  • Severe mental illness, especially depression (or mental health issues that have gone untreated or unmedicated for long periods of time)
  • Neglect, Rejection or Abandonment
  • Guilt or Shame

The bottom line is every suicidal person is hopeless. They are hurting so badly and want nothing more than for the pain to end. Unfortunately, they cannot imagine the pain ever going away. They cannot see the light at the end of the very dark and lonely tunnel they have found themselves traveling down. BUT there is HOPE!

Hold On

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. Don’t give up now. You can experience a full and abundant life.

The most important thing you can do is REACH OUT!

TheHopeLine is here to help when you have suicidal thoughts.  All of our HopeCoaches are QPR certified in suicide prevention. They have supported many students and young adults on their path to regain clarity and reconnect with healthy feelings and relationships.

We are so proud of you for seeking help! 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?

Crisis Support:

  • If this is an emergency, please dial 911.
  • For Suicide prevention please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, for free confidential, 24/7 help. Or you can reach the Crisis Text Line 24/7 by texting “START” to 741-741.
  • Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.
  • For additional help, please visit the suicide prevention resource page .
  • If this is an abuse situation, please click here: Report Abuse .

FAQ on Suicide:

What if I'm Suicidal and Nothing Seems to Help?

If you’ve lost interest in everything and are feeling suicidal, it may seem like nothing makes you feel better. In these times, taking steps not to isolate yourself can provide support until these feelings pass. You might: Call 911 if you think you’ll hurt yourself right now. Call or text the 24/7 Helpline (1-800-662-4357). Go to a friend’s house where you feel calm and safe. Practice grounding or deep breathing exercises. Remember: these feelings won’t last forever, and help is available now.

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