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  • Writer's pictureDr Iqbal A Mohiuddin

Managing Thoughts of Ending Your Life: A Guide to Overcoming Suicidal Ideation


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Dealing with thoughts of ending your own life can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. However, it is important to remember that these thoughts are not a reflection of who you are as a person, but rather a sign that you are struggling with emotional pain.


According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 5 adults in the UK have experienced suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2022 the suicide rate in the UK was 10.5 per 100,000 people, with a male rate of 16.1 and a female rate of 5.3. This represents a slight increase from 2021. The highest suicide rates are among men aged 45-49, followed by men aged 50-54.


In this article, we will discuss the best ways to manage suicidal thoughts, find hope for the future, and prevent suicide.


Recognising the Signs of Suicidal Ideation

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, it is crucial to recognise the warning signs and seek help immediately. Some common signs include feeling hopeless, helpless, trapped, or like a burden to others. You may also find yourself withdrawing from activities you once enjoyed or engaging in risky behaviors. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to reach out to a mental health professional or trusted loved one for support.


Seeking Professional Mental Health Help for Suicidal Ideation

One of the most effective ways to manage thoughts of ending your life is to seek professional help from a therapist, counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist. These trained professionals can provide you with the tools and support you need to navigate through your emotions and develop healthier coping strategies. Mental health therapy can also help you identify the root cause of your suicidal thoughts and work towards healing from past traumas. A psychiatrist could assess you, and diagnose and treat different mental health conditions that can cause suicidal feelings and thoughts, e.g. anxiety and depression.


In the event of a life-threatening emergency, e.g. an active plan to end your life, call 999 or NHS 111 immediately. Many of the organisations below can also support you in your time of need. It is always best to talk to someone about how your feeling first.


Contact details for Mind, Rethink, Samaritans, shout, The Mix and Young Minds for mental health support
Mental health support for suicidal ideation is always available.

Building a Support System

In addition to seeking professional help, it is essential to surround yourself with a strong support system of friends and family members who can offer love and encouragement during difficult times. Talking openly about your feelings with loved ones can help alleviate some of the emotional burden you may be carrying. Remember, you are not alone in your struggles, and there are people who care about you and want to help. You may be feeling guilty or like a burden on others but these feelings and thoughts are common when someone is depressed. Hence, it is even more important to seek help and support as soon as possible.


Engaging in Self-Care

Self-care is another crucial aspect of managing thoughts of suicide. Taking care of your physical and emotional well-being can help improve your overall mood and outlook on life. Make time for activities that bring you joy, such as hobbies, exercise, or spending time in nature. Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises, to help calm your mind and reduce stress.


Developing Healthy Coping Mechanisms

When faced with thoughts of ending your life, it is important to develop healthy coping mechanisms to navigate through difficult emotions. This may include journaling, creating art, listening to music, or engaging in other creative outlets to express yourself. Finding healthy ways to cope with stress and emotions can provide a sense of relief and empowerment during challenging times.


Finding Hope for the Future

It is important to remember that thoughts of suicide are temporary and do not define your future. By seeking help, building a support system, engaging in self-care, and developing healthy coping mechanisms, you can find hope for the future and work towards healing from your pain. Remember, you are worthy of love and support, and there are brighter days ahead.


Conclusion

Managing thoughts of ending your life is a challenging journey, but with the right support and resources, you can overcome suicidal ideation and find hope for the future. Remember, you are not alone, and there are people who care about you and want to help. Stay strong, reach out for help, and believe in a brighter tomorrow.


If you are struggling with suicidal ideation, contact IamPsychiatry by emailing IamPsychiatryEnquiries@gmail.com or calling 0800 779 7800 for expert mental help and support today.


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