Suicidal Ideation

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

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