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What it looks like:

  • Reckless behavior.

  • Giving away belongings.

  • Substance abuse.

  • An urge to self-harm.

  • Noticeable fluctuating mood swings - going from a high-high, to a low-low.

  • Unable to see a future for yourself.

  • Talking about death and wanting to die.

  • Relationship problems, unable to connect or communicate.

  • Plans for suicide/or thinking about it without planning it.

  • Belief that pain is all there is for you, and suicide is the only way to stop it.


What it feels like:

  • Alone.

  • Trapped.

  • Burdensome.

  • Self-loathing.

  • Alarmed about what you're feeling and what you're thinking.

  • Guilt or shame that you're failing those around you.

  • Guilt or shame that you are even thinking about suicide.

  • Desperate to be rid of these unbearable feelings/thoughts. 

  • Afraid of being judged, misunderstood, or not heard.


How therapy can help:

  • Therapy does not shame suicide ideation -it is normal to some degree in nearly everyone -if not everyone- to have some thoughts about suicide. There is a feeling of instant relief to think of not having to deal with things anymore, or that there is a way out if we need it. Counselors understand this.

  • Suicidal ideation is not a permanent state, but something that requires immediate action. Therapy can help you see possibilities that may not have been considered, and can help you discover power you may not have known you had.

  • Therapy provides a safe space for talking about suicide that you may not have with family or friends. 

You may not be able to see this right now,
but you are not alone.

If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger - don't use this site.  These resources can provide you with immediate help.

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