What is suicidal ideation?
It means wanting to take your own life or thinking about suicide.
Many different factors can contribute to suicidal ideation. Often these thoughts hit when you are in despairand out of control of your life. It might feel like you haveno meaning or purpose. Relationship problems, trauma, substance use, a crisis of some sort, pressure at work, a physical health issue, or financial difficultiescan all be contributors.
There are a variety of risk factors for suicidal ideation and suicide, such as:
Attempted suicide in the past
Mental health disorder
Hopeless, isolated, and/or lonely
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender
Chronic physical illness like cancer, diabetes, or a terminal disease
Family history of suicide
Drug or alcohol abuse disorder
Childhood abuse or trauma
Warning signs that you or a loved one are thinking about or contemplating suicide include:
Isolating fromloved ones
Feeling hopeless or trapped
Talking about death or suicide
Giving away possessions
An increase in substance use or abuse
Increased mood swings, anger, rage, and/or irritability
Engaging in risk-taking behavior
Gathering themeans to kill yourself, such as medication, drugs, or a firearm
Acting as if you're saying goodbye to people
Seek treatment and/or callor text a suicide hotlineif you are your loved one is experiencing suicide ideation.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255.
Crisis Text Line - 741741