Five Steps To Overcome Suicidal Thoughts When Depressed


Fifteen percent of people who are clinically depressed die by suicide, according to

Research has consistently shown a strong link between suicide and depression. Oftentimes, feelings of hopelessness can become so unbearable that a person may feel that the only way to escape is through suicide.

While depression can also bring along other symptoms, such as tiredness, physical aches and lack of energy, thoughts of suicide are of upmost importance and should not be ignored.

Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts

If you are depressed and are having suicidal thoughts, there are several steps you can take to cope.

  1. Promise yourself not to do anything right now. Pain and sorrow can feel overwhelming at the moment, but take time and distance between thoughts and actions. This distance will allow you to gain some clarity, and perhaps in time, those thoughts and feelings will lessen.
  2. Avoid drugs and alcohol. People who suffer from depression sometimes think their moods may be elevated with the use of drugs and alcohol. But in reality, suicidal thoughts can become stronger if drugs and alcohol are used. It is important not to use drugs or alcohol when depressed and battling suicidal thoughts.
  3. Make your home safe. Whenever you are thinking of suicide or self-harm, remove things that you could use to hurt yourself, including pills, knives, razors or firearms. If you are unable to do so, go somewhere you can feel safe. If you are thinking of overdosing on medicine, give it to someone who you can trust and who can return the medicine to you a day at a time as you need it.
  4. Remember: You can get through this. Feelings of despair and hopelessness occur in a lot of people, and it is important to remember that you are not alone. People who have felt as badly as you feel have been able to overcome these feelings and survive.
  5. Don't keep these suicidal feelings to yourself. As with other feelings of depression, talking to someone about what you are going through can be the first step towards coping. If you have suicidal thoughts and are depressed, you should seek counseling from someone who can help you with these feelings. Talking and expressing your feelings can allow you to confront your feelings and take other steps towards recovery.



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