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What Causes Suicidal Thoughts? You aren’t alone. Suicidal thoughts happen when people feel like they can’t cope with what is happening in their life. It can be due to an overwhelming situation, which could be financial, the death of somebody they love, breaking up, or a devastating illness. This may cause a feeling of bleakness, and this gives way to the thought that killing themselves is an answer. If the person’s mental state is heightened enough, suicide may seem to be the only exit. There doesn’t always have to be an overwhelming event to have overwhelming thoughts. Behavioral health experts believe there may be genetic reasons related to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts; individuals with these thoughts may have a family history of them. Psychological factors that lead to these thoughts… http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/kc/suicidal-thoughts-ideation-193026]]>
What to do when someone is suicidal/ How to Help It might be uncomfortable and even unsettling, but if a friend of loved one tells you they are having suicidal thoughts they have let you in. By letting you in they are telling you that they are open to help. The next steps are very important, and what you say could be significant. Even more significant is learning what not to say. Here is a list of ten things that are surprisingly common you shouldn’t say when someone tells you they are having suicidal thoughts.
- 1. “How could you think of suicide? Your life’s not that bad.”
- 2. “Don’t you know I would be devastated if you killed yourself? How could you think of hurting me like that?”
- 3. “Suicide is selfish.”
- 4. “Suicide is cowardly.”
- 5. “You don’t mean that. You don’t really want to die.”
- 6. “You have so much to live for.”
- 7. “Things could be worse.”
- 8. “Other people have problems worse than you and they don’t want to die.”
- 9. “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
- 10. “You will go to hell if you die by suicide.”
Start by asking questions
- How are you coping with what’s been happening in your life?
- Do you ever feel like just giving up?
- Are you thinking about dying?
- Are you thinking about hurting yourself?
- Are you thinking about suicide?
- Have you ever thought about suicide before, or tried to harm yourself before?
- Have you thought about how or when you’d do it?
- Do you have access to weapons or things that can be used as weapons to harm yourself?
For immediate help: Red “Help Now” Icon at top right for the National Suicide HotlineIf someone has attempted suicide:
- Don’t leave the person alone.
- Call 911 or your local emergency number right away. Or, if you think you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room yourself.
- Try to find out if he or she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or may have taken an overdose.
- Tell a family member or friend right away what’s going on.
- Get help from a trained professional as quickly as possible. The person may need to be hospitalized until the suicidal crisis has passed.
- Encourage the person to call a suicide hotline number. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor.
What Happens When You Call A Hotline? It can feel scary talking to someone you don’t know over the phone about easy things like asking for a table at a restaurant, so calling a Hotline might ratchet up the anxiety all the more. One way to easy that nervousness is to better understand the process. Or you can text! First, you’ll hear an automated message featuring additional options while your call is routed to your local Lifeline network crisis center. You’ll hear a little music while being connected to a skilled, trained crisis worker. A trained crisis worker will answer the phone, will listen to you, try to understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and get you the help you need. More about what happens at: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ Crisis Text Line Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 42 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need. https://www.crisistextline.org/
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Fighting Suicidal Thoughts by Neel Burton If you feel you are being overcome by suicidal thoughts, something to hold on to is that many people who have attempted suicide and survived ultimately feel relieved that they did not end their lives. At the time of attempting suicide they experienced intense feelings of despair and hopelessness because it seemed to them that they had lost control over their lives and that things could never get better. The only thing that they still had some control over was whether they lived or died, and committing suicide seemed like the only option left. This is never true. If you are assailed by suicidal thoughts, the first thing to remember is that many people who have attempted suicide and survived ultimately feel relieved that they did not end their lives. At the time of attempting suicide they experienced intense feelings of despair and hopelessness because it seemed to them that they had lost control over their lives and that things could never get better. The only thing that they still had some control over was whether they lived or died, and committing suicide seemed like the only option left. This is never true. Some of the thoughts that may accompany suicidal thoughts include:
- • I want to escape my suffering.
- • I have no other options.
- • I am a horrible person and do not deserve to live.
- • I have betrayed my loved ones.
- • My loved ones would be better off without me.
- • I want my loved ones to know how bad I am feeling.
- • I want my loved ones to know how bad they have made me feel.
- 1. Read through the list of positive things about myself.
- 2. Read through the list of positive things about my life and remind myself of the things that have so far prevented me from committing suicide.
- 3. Distract myself from suicidal thoughts by reading a book, listening to classical music, or watching my favorite film or comedy.
- 4. Get a good night’s sleep. Take a sleeping tablet if necessary.
- 5. Delay any suicidal attempt by at least 48 hours.
- 6. Call Stan on (phone number). If he is unreachable, call Julia on (phone number). Alternatively, call my healthcare professional on (phone number), or the crisis line on (phone number).
- 7. Go to a place where I feel safe such as the community centre or the sports centre.
- 8. Go to the Emergency Room.
- 9. Call for an ambulance.
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