What to Do When You Have Thoughts of Suicide: 3 Things You May Not Know

Suicidal thoughts plague many people. Sadly, a good portion of those people will act on those thoughts.

” The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds (https://www.befrienders.org/suicide-statistics).

So why do people do it?

Usually, factors such as stress and mental illness, though the cause is different for each person. With the current rise on mental illness and economic stress, it makes sense why so many people fall victim to suicide.

Here are three things you may not know about suicide and what causes it.

1. People who have suicidal thoughts are scared to die.

If you have been thinking of suicide, you may have felt fear of potentially dying. That’s because people who have suicidal thoughts do not want to die; simply, they just want to escape a painful situation.


There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides “(https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-suicide). That means many people will use an attempt to try and get help, rather than actually dying.

Whether it’s a stressful work enviroment or the numbness of depression, suicide as seen as a way out. As a relief. But what many people don’t realize is it takes an enormous amount of stress, and usually a few failed attempts, to finally kill yourself.

That’s because people fear the unknown, and death is part of that.

2. One person’s suicide affects a large amount of people.

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, you may think that no one cares about you. Or that peole would be better off without you. That could be the furthest from the truth.

“Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people”(www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-suicide).

Though you may think that no one would care if you died, at least six people would be devestated that you were gone.

When I felt like killing myself, it was often the thought of my family that kept me going. My mom, my sisters, so many people would be sad if I had died.

In the same way, you will have people who would do anything to keep you here.

3. Suicidal people tend to lose the ability to see other solutions.

Suicidal thoughts often accompany mental illness and what happened with me was no different.

Every day felt the same. Constantly bring around people and feeling like no one liked or cared about me. I wasn’t able to keep a job, and I felt like I was failing. I could not see I way out.

I thought suicide was the only way out of this numb, dreary exhistence.

But a lot of what I saw as reasons to die were symptoms of my mental illness. I did not see a way of fixing how I thought about things or having more enery and passion. But there was.

“A 1992 survey of individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder reported that 19 percent had threatened or attempted suicide within the previous year.”(https://mentalillnesspolicy.org/consequences/suicide.html). Many people who commit suicide are not in the right mental state. They are usually not capable of logical decisions at that time.

If you’re stuggling with suicidal thoughts, see a doctor and tell them how you feel. They may diagnose you with a mental illness and treat you. After that, you may realize that al lot of the things that bothered you before no longer have hold on you.

When the urge becomes so bad that you feel like you can not wait another day, think of a day when you will not be suicidal. Because there will be a day when your stresses and problems no longer affect you the way they do now.

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