What are suicidal thoughts?

Introduction

Suicidal thoughts are distressing and often a sign that someone is experiencing intense emotional pain and despair. These thoughts can take many forms, but they generally involve a desire or a wish to end one’s own life or feelings of not wanting to be here anymore. It’s crucial to approach this topic with care and empathy, as it can be deeply challenging to discuss.

How might someone be Feeling?

When someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts, their thoughts and feelings can be incredibly distressing and overwhelming. It’s important to remember that these experiences can vary from person to person, but common emotions and thoughts that individuals may have when facing suicidal thoughts include:

Isolated

Many people who experience suicidal thoughts feel isolated and believe that no one understands their pain. They may withdraw from friends and loved ones, creating a sense of loneliness.

Helpless

Suicidal individuals may feel a profound sense of helplessness, as if they have no control over their lives . They may believe that suicide is the only way to regain control.

Self-Blame

Guilt and self-blame are common feelings among those with suicidal thoughts. They might blame themselves for their difficulties or believe they are a burden to others.

Loss of Interest

Suicidal individuals may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. They might struggle to find meaning or purpose in life or see a future that is without pain.

Preoccupation with Death

Suicidal thoughts can lead to a preoccupation with death, with individuals frequently thinking about methods or scenarios related to ending their lives.

Desire for Escape

Suicidal thoughts can represent a desire to escape from pain rather than a true desire to die. People may view suicide as the only way to end their suffering.

How might someone be Acting?

When someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts, their behaviour and actions can vary, but there are some common signs and behaviours to be aware of. It’s essential to pay attention to these signs and approach the person with care and concern.

Sleep

Sleep is usually affected in a major way. Someone would find it more difficult to go to sleep, wake up earlier and the overall quality of sleep would be lower.

Self care

Someone would find it harder to practice every form of self care, including taking care of their physical appearance.

Avoiding Others

Someone would try to avoid others. This is usually not because they don’t want to be with other people, but rather that they want to avoid feeling like a bother. 

Low Self Esteem

Someone affected by suicidal thoughts would usually have strong negative feelings towards themselves that would be hard to affect by others.

Difficulties Communicating

Communication with others would feel much harder. Expressing how they would be feeling seems like an almost impossible step.

Change in Appetite

You would either see an increase in appetite and eating more or a significant decrease in appetite and eating less.

What are some common myths about Suicide?

There are several common myths and misconceptions about suicide that persist in society. It’s essential to dispel these myths to promote a better understanding of this complex issue and provide appropriate support to individuals at risk. Here are some of the most prevalent myths about suicide:

Fact: People who express suicidal thoughts or feelings should always be taken seriously. Seeking your support may be a way for them to communicate their distress and a cry for help.

Fact: Talking openly about suicide does not plant the idea. Instead, it can provide an opportunity for someone in distress to express their feelings and seek help.

Fact: While warning signs are often present, some individuals hide their distress very well. It’s crucial to be aware of risk factors and be vigilant for subtle signs that their normal routine has changed.

Fact: Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, regardless of their external circumstances or apparent success. Wealth, fame, or social status do not immunize people from emotional pain.

Fact: Many individuals in crisis can be helped if they receive timely and appropriate support. Suicide is preventable, and intervention can make a significant difference.

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