"Through therapy and research, I now know it is not shameful to have suicidal thoughts. I am not broken or messed up because I have them. It took me a long time to realize this, and it is my hope that you can also realize this and get help." - Ashley Kimbrough, Sober Truth Project
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
In 2019, 47,511 Americans died by suicide
In 2019, there were over a million suicide attempts
What can you do if you have suicidal thoughts?
Establish a support system. Maybe a best friend, therapist, or psychiatrist. Someone you can speak to about it without feeling judgment. You can also find groups of people who are experiencing similar struggles, which may be easier than talking to someone who hasn’t opened up about suicidal thoughts or does not struggle with them.
Create a safety plan. Lay out some safeguards or methods: Make sure you are not alone. Remove objects you could harm yourself with. Create distractions. Think of reasons to live. Pick up the phone to talk to someone.
IMAlive: A virtual crisis center that has trained volunteers for immediate support. (imalive.org)
We help you help others overcome suicidal thoughts and ideation.
What can you do if someone you know may have suicidal thoughts or confides in you about their suicidal thoughts?
Directly ask them: Are you thinking of killing yourself? People are more likely to talk about it if they are asked directly. If they are having thoughts, ask them if they have a plan and if they feel they will act on these thoughts.
Do not judge them; be empathetic. Try to identify with their situation and don’t downplay how they’re feeling, even if you feel it’s illogical.Use kind, understanding language and listen more than you talk.
Listen and encourage them. Help them to focus on getting through the day. Ask them to talk about the reasons they have for living. Remind them that the bad feelings will not last forever. If they have not already, encourage them to get professional help.
Check in on them. Do weekly check-ins to see how they’re doing. Let them know you’re still here for them, even if you can’t be the one to help lead them through their recovery journey.
*If someone indicates that they may do something to end their life, call 911.