Suicide can be prevented and
Headspace is here to help.
Thinking about suicide is scary. You may have strong feelings that are hard to deal with. You may feel like things will never be better, but you are not alone. Many people think about suicide. Thinking about suicide does not mean that you will do it. It does not mean that you are "going crazy." Thinking about suicide is often a sign that you want to escape. But remember you are not alone. There are many who do feel this way.
• Spend time with family and friends.
• Go to cultural or religious events.
• Get involved in your community. For example, sign up for classes at your community centre or college.
• Help others. For example, help out a charity or other group.
• Feeling like nothing makes you happy anymore.
• Feeling very sad or hopeless for many weeks.
• Feeling like you cannot cope with things that happen in your life.
• Feeling very stressed or scared for many weeks.
• Noticing strange thoughts or noticing strange things that do not go away. Some people hear voices that other people do not hear.
• Sleeping less or more than usual.
• Eating less or more than usual.
• Drinking more alcohol or using more drugs than usual.
• Taking a lot of time off work or school.
• Avoiding family and friends.
• Feeling "run down" or sick often.
Talk to your doctor if you notice these signs. Your doctor can see what may be causing the problems.
Many people feel like they are all alone with their painful feelings. Listening shows them that they are not alone. You do not have to say much at all. You just have to be there for them. Here are some important things to remember:
• Take the other person seriously. They are in pain and they need help.
• Show the other person that you are a good person to talk to. Do not judge them or make fun of them.
• Trust is very important. Do not make promises that you cannot keep.
• Show that you understand they have a serious problem. Do not give advice like, "cheer up" or "pull yourself together."
• Say things like, "You are really important to me" or, "I don't want you to die." You can also say, "It makes sense that you feel like you do, but I can help you find other solutions."
Ask if they can talk to someone about their feelings. It could be a family member or a friend. It could also be a doctor or counselor. You can also give them the phone number for the crisis line. The people who run crisis lines are trained to help others. They can help with many different problems.
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