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Crossing the River

Suicide Prevention

Individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts often feel hopeless and are going through immense emotional pain. Acknowledging and discussing these thoughts is very important. Having suicidal thoughts does not always indicate an immediate risk of suicide, but could become dangerous if ignored. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, know that you are not alone and there is help. 

If you or someone you know has stated intentions or plans to commit suicide verbally, in writing, or electronically it is important to get help immediately. If someone's life is in present danger, call 911.

If you suspect someone may be having suicidal thoughts, you could help them by expressing your concerns and listening to them without judgment. Make sure that you connect this person with the appropriate resources and that you are taking care of yourself as well.

Signs of Suicidal Thoughts

The following are potential signs, not direct indications, that someone may experience suicidal thoughts. The only way of knowing if someone is contemplating suicide is to ask them directly.

  • Sadness, hopelessness, anger, or other strong emotional pain

  • Prolonged or chronic physical pain

  • Feeling trapped in a situation or internal state

  • Sudden changes in mood or behavior

  • Reckless behavior, including increases in drug/alcohol use

  • Withdrawing from social support or important activities

Coping Tips for Suicidal Thoughts

  • Don't keep it to yourself! Expressing these thoughts to someone can be incredibly relieving. Call a hotline, come to Counseling Services, or talk to a loved one.

  • Make your environment safe by removing things you may use to harm yourself. Have a friend keep those items until you feel safe enough to have them again.

  • Make a list of positive things in your life or upcoming events you are excited about.

  • Write a safety plan with 10 coping steps to take, the last of which is calling 911.

  • Avoid being alone, using alcohol or drugs, and sad music or movies.

Hotlines and Online Resources

Suicide Prevention: About Me
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