CRISIS SUPPORT

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.

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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. 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?

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 stopped you from committing suicide?

I’ve talked to many people, of all ages, and from all backgrounds, who have recovered from suicidal thoughts. And I’ve reconnected with my own sense of purpose after struggling through dark times. What helps most? Remembering people who love you, and things about your life you enjoy. Remembering there’s only one you, and that just your being you brings happiness to others. Sometimes, even with this encouragement, it’s still hard. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or find yourself making plans, U.S. residents can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “START” to 741741. If you love outside of the United States, contact the International Crisis Center in your home country. Here are the reasons to Give Life Another Chance.

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