Getting help for yourself

If you are experiencing distressing thoughts relating to suicide, it is important to seek support promptly.

If you are experiencing distressing thoughts relating to suicide, it is important to seek support promptly.  Therapeutic support is crucial at a time like this and is extremely effective.

Steps to take

Here are some important steps you can take to address suicidal distress: 

  • Contact your GP to explore supports available.

  • Seek out one-to-one therapeutic support from Pieta to address suicidal distress and self-harm. – should we include this?

  • You cannot be at work; compassionate leave from work may be available

  • Advise supportive friends and or family members that you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and ask that they check in on you regularly.  Be clear and direct when communicating your need for ongoing support.  You might even share our resources on helping someone who is feeling suicidal

  • Later in your healing, in addition to ongoing therapeutic support, you may find the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) programme offered by Suicide or Survive to be beneficial.

Know the signs

Here are common signs of suicidal distress that you may recognise:

  • persistent low mood,

  • sense of hopelessness,

  • increased anxiety,

  • decreased interest in activities that were previously enjoyable,

  • sleep disturbance,

  • social isolation,

  • talking about being a burden or wanting to die,

  • declining interest in personal appearance, and / or

  • changing personal and or financial plans.

It is important to note that in many instances of suicidal distress there may not be any signs like those detailed above.

What prevents suicidal distress?  

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, some key factors can help to prevent suicidal distress:

  • engaging in therapeutic support to enable personal growth;

  • strengthening your emotional health and resiliency to allow you to thrive;

  • support to develop coping and problem-solving skills;

  • identifying reasons for living, such as family and friends;

  • feeling connected to others; and/or

  • reduced access to lethal means.