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Readers Respond: Tips From Members for Coping With Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

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Updated October 03, 2011

From the article: Suicide Safety Plan

Have you ever felt suicidal? You are not alone. Many people with depression will experience suicidal thoughts and feelings at some point in their illness. The fact that you are having suicidal thoughts and feelings does not automatically mean that you will hurt yourself. There are steps you can take, such as creating a Suicide Safety Plan, that can help you proactively deal with your urges rather than acting upon them.

If you have struggled with suicidal thoughts and feelings, please share here what strategies have helped you to cope with them.

just like john

John's response sounds so similar. It's not that I don't still think about it, but given the past I am much more aware of the consequences, what I have learned to do it to stop allowing myself to play out the thoughts in my head. It's not easy to do, but as soon as it starts, force yourself to change the subject. Do not create the plan in your head and play it out in your mind over and over. Instead change the story in your mind get creative if you have to, change the store to where you have super powers and can heal people or maybe you can read peoples mind or anything that allows you to focus your mind on something other than the story in your mind that plays out and ultimately leads you either believe that death is the answer or walks you through the actions that you are thinking of making to end your life. You have to create your own positive thinking power and focus on it. Create a plan to make one thing better and think about it every time you think about suicide.
—Guest tt

how to stop suicide thoughts

the way i stoped was to draw it or wright it down and it gets it out of ur head
—Guest anonamus

still think about

In the past I have attempted suicide two times. The last time, 6 months ago, not only was I hospitalized began ECT. I still think about it, but usually think of the consequences if I fail again, (knowing my history I would fail), involuntary admission into the State Hospital and becoming even more of a burden on my family. So I am able to keep it under control, but I still wish that some how my life would end. Every night my last thought is a hope that I won't wake up. Life is not worth livinig, no friends, spouse does not care, there is nothing to look forward to or hope for. So I just live each day as it comes and try to get threw it.
—Guest john
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