Please remember, you are NOT alone.
Suicidal thoughts and actions are terrifying but can be completely prevented with support, care, and attention. Many times, when people become suicidal, it is because they feel there is no hope left for them and they have no other means of coping. It is common to feel like the pain cannot go away and that suicide is the only answer. We are here to remind you that help is available for you or a loved one. Suicide and suicidal thoughts are serious things and knowing how to cope with and gain help for those thoughts and feelings can help save and turn a life around.
What Causes Suicidal Thoughts?
It is important to realize suicidal thoughts can be a coping mechanism for many. People who start to feel this way are not selfish or crazy. Experiencing suicidal thoughts often means that the pain is too great and that your body and brain are exhausted from trying to find answers and solutions. Suicide is seen as the only way out for many who are in that deep, dark way of thinking. Until you start learning safe, effective coping skills to rid yourself of the deep, dark thoughts, this dangerous way of thinking is likely what the brain will continue to default to.
By understanding this, you can better communicate and sympathize with those who may be suicidal if you have loved ones that experience these thoughts. Or, you may experience these thoughts yourself and be able to remind yourself why these thoughts exist. And, by learning more about what causes suicidal thoughts to creep in, you can start to learn how to get them out.
How do you overcome suicidal thoughts?
Overcoming suicidal thoughts is not an overnight accomplishment. It takes time and hard work. But, while it won’t be the shortest or easiest road, it will be worth it. With dedication and determination throughout your therapeutic treatment, we can help you get your life back. And we can help you overcome these drowning thoughts. Recovery is possible. Finding a life worth living is possible. You are worth it and you are capable.
In therapy, you will work a lot on skills to help rewire your thinking and reroute the brain when suicidal thoughts come up. Further, you will learn to cope with any thoughts that do arise. This will allow you the chance to stop yourself from that downward spiral and process the pain before getting to a point of no return. Again, it does take some work. But, our therapists can help you to win the internal battle and quiet your mind of those heavy thoughts. Together, we will work to replace those thoughts with positive affirmations, statements for grounding and help you to separate your emotions from the reality of the situations. By helping you learn coping skills we can help stop that overdrive stress response you are feeling that leads to such negative thoughts.
However, it is going to be much easier to overcome suicidal thoughts with help. If you are ready to stop feeling like there is no hope and you are exhausted from feeling the way you do, try reaching out. Our therapists understand that talking about suicidal thoughts can be terrifying for both you and those you confide in. To help with that, we have put together a list of things to help you or a loved one in coping with someone feeling suicidal:
If you are feeling suicidal
- tell someone you trust- allow them to be there for you
- talk and keep talking… chances are, you have pent up anger and stress- let it out
- try sensory input and output to relieve any urges (take a cold shower, smell essential oils, ask for a really tight hug)
- allow yourself to feel scared- you don’t have to be strong. You’ve been fighting this alone for way too long.
If a loved one is feeling suicidal
- thank them for trusting you
- listen- just listen to what they have to say and remind them they aren’t alone
- ask them what kind of support they need from you
- encourage them to reach out to a therapist or ask if they want your help in doing so
- Don’t leave them alone- keep them near you until you can get them further help
Getting help for suicidal thoughts in Los Angeles, CA
Remember, you do not have to fight this alone. Our therapists understand how isolating suicidal thoughts can feel, but please know that we are here for you. If you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of hopelessness and suicidal ideation or planning, reach out now. You can call the suicide hotline number at any time for immediate help. For long-term coping skills, consider seeking therapy with one of our skilled therapists today.
DBT in Los Angeles, CA, and Therapy for Suicidal Thoughts Can Help with Self-Harm
If you are struggling with self-harming behaviors and are ready to get support, our DBT therapists are ready to provide just that. Our comprehensive DBT program at our Los Angeles-based therapy practice includes individual therapy sessions, phone coaching, and a skills group to help you learn emotional regulation and other helpful tools. If you are ready to begin DBT to help with self-harm in Los Angeles, CA, follow the steps below.
- Connect with us using the contact form.
- Start getting support from a DBT therapist.
- Begin DBT and find alternative ways to manage intense emotions.
Other Services at the DBT Center of the South Bay
The DBT program offered at our practice located in Los Angeles, CA can help with a variety of mental health struggles. We help those with self-harming tendencies, suicidal thoughts, and isolation, and loneliness. Additionally, we assist those in need of help with managing anger and engaging in healthier family dynamics. Our services are available in-person or online in California and Las Vegas.