February 17, 2014

Suicidal Ideation: Reaching Out When Things are Tough

Written by Rachel Eddins

Posted in Emotional & Mental Health and with tags: suicide

suicidal ideation man in dark tunnel on bench

Feeling sad, downhearted, and blue is a normal part of the human experience.  Everyone has bad days or goes through rough patches.

You might be going through a tough break-up, a job loss, a divorce, a death of a loved one, or any sort of challenging transition period.  It’s healthy and expected to experience sadness periodically.

However, when we have persistent feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and desperation, that’s when it’s time to reach out for professional support.  Counselors are here for you during those dark times.

Have you been feeling hopeless, worthless, overwhelmed, guilty, irritable, angry, vengeful, or unfocused? Do you feel trapped – like there’s no way out?

If you have been thinking about suicide or self-harm, please know that help is available.

suicidalThe pain you are feeling is legitimate and real: don’t feel as if you should just “suck it up” and keep slogging ahead while you’re hurting so badly.

If you had a broken leg, you’d probably see a doctor and get a cast put on your leg, right?

Please know that suicidal feelings are TEMPORARY, and suicidal behavior is NOT a sign of weakness, nor is it a character defect.

We can help you get out of the black hole of suicidal thinking.


Warning signs of suicide include:

  • Noticeable signs of serious depression
  • Unrelenting low mood and pessimism
  • Hopelessness and desperation
  • Anxiety, unbearable pain and inner tension
  • Agitation/Irritability
  • Overwhelming, inappropriate guilt
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and activities
  • Unexpected rage or anger
  • Recent, uncharacteristic impulsiveness and recklessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong desire to die
  • Making a plan and obtaining means of killing oneself

If you or someone you know is exhibiting the signs above, please get help IMMEDIATELY by calling 9-1-1, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or a mental health professional.

Imminent signs must be taken seriously, so if you or a friend or loved one is in an acute crisis, go to the nearest emergency room, walk-in clinic, or psychiatric hospital.  Do not leave the person alone (be by yourself) until professional help is with him/her/you.

Next Steps

Contact us to schedule an appointment for counseling or therapy for yourself. You are not alone, and it gets better. We also offer online therapy if traveling is a concern.

Our therapists in Houston are available for face to face sessions as online therapy sessions in limited areas. To get started now give us a call to schedule an appointment at 832-559-2622

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