Getting Support For Suicidal Thoughts
Suicidal thoughts are becoming more common in today’s society. Did you know there were 5691 suicides in England and Wales in 2019? This figure is worrying and needs to be changed.
Suicidal thoughts is something no one should suffer. However, they do. Within our societies, it is our duty to help these people in these difficult times. We can offer many forms of support. For example:
- Contact us as we have experienced counsellors waiting to support anyone that is struggling
- Calling Samaritans or other helplines
- Support as a friend or family member — talk to the person and make them feel they have someone on their side
- Call 999 in the case of severe attempts at suicide
Therefore, we need to make changes within our society to stop it from happening anymore.
Thinking about suicide can be prevented with the proper treatment and care from family and friends. However, it is also essential to contact a professional if you feel you are suffering from suicidal thoughts.
Possible Causes of Suicidal Thoughts
Countless people find themselves in the awful position of struggling with thoughts about suicide. There is not one thing that can cause people to think about taking their own life. Many different things can have happened in someone’s life to make them feel this way. If we are aware of these possible causes, we can help to prevent them from becoming worse. There are possible causes such as:
Some possible reasons are:
• Difficult life events such as traumatic childhood, family deaths, physical or emotional abuse
• Misuse of drugs and alcohol
• Mental health conditions such as depression, schizophrenia
This is only a small list as there is no single reason for someone suffering from suicidal thoughts.
Supporting Someone Who Is Suffering
There are several things we can do together to support people who are suffering. For example:
- Contact us as we have experienced counsellors waiting to support you
- Suggest they contact the Samaritans or another form of helpline
- Ask them how they are feeling
- Do not patronise or get angry at someone you think may be suffering from thinking about suicide. They will be suffering more than you are
- Listen, do not judge
If you or someone you know is going to make a serious attempt at suicide you must call 999 immediately.
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Written by Lily Shaw