What are suicidal thoughts?
Suicidal thoughts can be overwhelming, debilitating, and scary for anyone experiencing them. But anyone suffering from suicidal thoughts will experience them differently.
They may feel like there is no way out, they’re unable to cope, that no one cares, or that their problems will never be solved. For many, suicidal thoughts may focus less on wanting to die, but rather on the feeling of not wanting to carry on living the life they currently have.
Feelings of suicide may not be constant but can come and go or build up slowly over time, depending on the person and their circumstances. And not understanding why they’re feeling this way can be all too common.
Suicidal thoughts can have different effects on different people, but they can make people think or feel:
- Overwhelmed and distressed
- Unwanted or unloved
- Hopeless about life and living
- Like friends and family would be better off if you weren’t around
- Physically numb or desensitised to life
Unfortunately, many people who experience suicidal thoughts don’t seek the help they need because of the stigma associated with mental health issues. However, it’s important to remember that suicidal thoughts are a symptom of an underlying problem and that seeking help is the first step towards healing.
What causes suicidal thoughts?
It’s not always clear what causes suicidal thoughts. There can be many causes, and can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or race. But commonly, suicidal thoughts are a symptom of feeling the inability to cope when facing an overwhelming or long-term situation in life, often leading people to believe that suicide is the only way out.
Some of the most common causes of suicidal thoughts include:
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Chronic or terminal illness
- Relationship problems
- Financial issues
While these are some common causes, sometimes it can be a combination of things or something specific, perhaps if someone is struggling with undiagnosed or untreated mental health conditions. There may also be a genetic link to the cause of suicidal thoughts, which may be more likely if there’s a family history of similar behaviour.
Suicidal thoughts aren’t a normal response to stress or the challenges of life, but neither are they a sign of weakness. Seeking help and talking to a psychotherapist or counsellor can help people understand the underlying causes of their suicidal thoughts and develop coping mechanisms to manage them.
Counselling and psychotherapy for suicidal thoughts
As a professionally trained, qualified, and experienced group of counsellors and psychotherapists across Exeter and Torquay, Devon Therapy Services can help you gain a sense of perspective on your thoughts and feelings, understand why you’re feeling the way you do, and find effective ways to deal with it.
During your sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential space. You’ll also have the chance to explore the underlying causes of any suicidal thoughts, such as depression, trauma, or other mental health issues. We can also help you develop coping mechanisms to manage your thoughts and feelings and set goals.
These can include mindfulness techniques, relaxation techniques, and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), which focuses on acceptance and change techniques to help you understand why you feel the way you do and how you can help yourself.
If you’re feeling suicidal or having suicidal thoughts, you might feel scared, confused, or overwhelmed by these feelings or feel that nothing or no one can help you. But you’re not alone. Contact Devon Therapy Services today, and let us help and support you.
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