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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

I’m a Pastor, but Faith Didn’t Stop Me From Attempting Suicide


I was 12 when my Aunt Missy killed herself. It was the middle of summer in Alabama when a police car pulled up to our new house, which was still under construction. I remember how hot those 2×4’s were as they baked in the sun. Per the officer’s instructions, we..Read more

I Think I Have a Mental Illness: What Should I Do?


There’s nothing scarier than the prospect of having a mental illness. If you suspect that you may be suffering from a mental disorder, I bet you have thousands of questions and even more concerns. Coping with a mental illness can be terrifying, but you don’t have to do it alone...Read more

Revisiting Suicide: An Emotional Milestone


Last spring, during the annual rite of my birthday celebration, I was enjoying my favorite Italian dinner with dear family and friends. Yet as I was blowing out the candles, I felt a disquieting unease. The tension was much deeper than the growing awareness of new wrinkles around my hazel..Read more

My Sister’s Battle with Mental Illness Gave Me a Purpose


  October 24, 2017, is a day that will forever be engrained into my mind. It was a day that I always feared but one that I never thought would actually happen. I can remember the weather, what I was wearing, what happened, and everything else in between.  That day..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

Bullying: They Hated Me So I Hated Myself


I’m Dewinsar and I’m 19. Everyday after going to school, I just sit in my room doing nothing. I wonder why I’m still going to school. No one wants me there. They hate me and said that I’m not wanted. They push me away like I’m a monster. Sometimes I..Read more

Sexual Abuse: Scared to Tell My Story


When I found your site I was skeptical at first, I never told anyone about my dilemma. I was scared to tell my story, but knew I needed help. My Story of Sexual Abuse Before I was even five years old my half-brother, who is ten years older than me,..Read more

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Free eBook: Understanding a Relationship with God

A guide to understanding the basics of Christianity and a meaningful relationship with God.  Do You Feel Like Life is Meaningless? Are you wondering what your purpose is? Do you have questions about what Christians believe or what it means to be a Christian? At TheHopeLine we believe real and lasting HOPE can only come […]

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