HAVE YOU STARTED EXPERIENCING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, AND ARE QUESTIONING WHAT TO DO?
FIRST, PLEASE UNDERSTAND YOU ARE NOT ALONE. AROUND 10 MILLION AMERICAN ADULTS HAVE SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE.
SECOND, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT 9/10 PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE DO NOT GO ON TO ATTEMPT IT AGAIN, WHICH MEANS THERE IS A MASSIVE CHANCE IT WILL GET BETTER.
WE KNOW IT IS SCARY, WE KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO SEE IN THE DARKNESS, WE KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE BROKEN,
YET WE ALSO KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO HOLD ON.
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY HAVING SELF HARMING THOUGHTS,
Call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255
Text the crisis hotline at 741 741
HOLD ON SERIES
WHERE TO START:
TALK TO SOMEONE YOU TRUST.
We understand talking to someone is much easier said than done. We also understand feelings are sometimes hard to put into words. Being alone with negative thoughts can be dangerous, and sometimes we unconsciously allow our thoughts to take over and believe them to be true. Talking to someone offers an opportunity for a voice of reason to step in. If you do not feel comfortable sharing with your friends there are anonymous free resources that are ready to listen and help.
BUILD A, “THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO” LIST.
Create a list of things to look forward to. They can include both big and small items. For example, it can include, “find out how This Is Us is going to end” or “overcome this battle to be able to share my story” or “win a Noble Peace Prize” etc. It is your own personal list that will help stop the negative congruent thoughts from taking over and instead transfer your energy and thoughts towards hope.
SEEK A PROFESSIONAL.
There are psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, licensed mental health counselors, hotlines and additional resources that are available so you do not have to fight on your own. Please feel free to check out some resources listed below.
SIMPLE HEALTHY UNCONVENTIONAL TOOLS:
Journaling allows you to check in with yourself. Writing down your thoughts is similar to placing a telescope inside your mind. Further understanding what may trigger certain thoughts or various patterns is extremely helpful in getting to the root of the problem.
Painting, dancing, drawing, exercising, are all examples of opportunities that allow you to express yourself freely. Creative outlets are a great way to release and decrease stress.
BE OF SERVICE
Helping others has been linked to combatting depression, anger and anxiety as well as increase dopamine. Experiencing the power to make a difference helps show you the value your own life holds.
EXERCISE OR BE ACTIVE
Exercising has been linked to reducing depression in many people. Researchers at the University of Vermont found that being physically active four days or more per week resulted in a reduction of suicide ideation by 23% in bullied children. The Researchers used data collected from the CDC National Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 13,583 high school students. Exercise may come in the form of running, joining an intramural sports team, swimming, yoga, walking, explore what is best for you and do not be afraid to start small.
You were created for a purpose, even if you do not know it yet. There is a reason why you are here.
It is important not to believe every thought you have.
Your story does not have to be over.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
― Dale Carnegie
You do not have to always be positive, you do not have to always subdue your feelings. It is okay not to always be okay. But it is important to understand it will get better.
YOU ARE STRONG!
However, no matter how strong you are there is no shame in seeking help. Truth be told, that is where true strength lies.
Seeking professional help is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It is important to find what is right for you. Some people respond well to medication others love cognitive behavioral therapy. Here are a few list of resources that will help you on this journey. We have even included free ones :)
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