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Are You In Crisis?

Thinking About Suicide?

You are not alone.  Many people have thoughts of suicide, for a variety of reasons. Having thoughts of suicide is not abnormal, but it is serious.  You’re probably feeling confused and overwhelmed about a lot of things right now. You may think that the situation is hopeless and that you have nowhere to turn, but help is available.

First of all, it’s important that you know – thinking about suicide doesn’t mean that you will lose control and act on those thoughts. You can choose not to take action for the time being. Many people start to think about suicide because they are looking for a way to end the emotional pain they are feeling inside. Generally, suicide is not about wanting to die, it’s about wanting the pain to die.

Right now, it may be hard for you to imagine that your situation could change, but it can. There are ways to get through this and to feel better. And you don’t have to face this alone. Men sometimes find it hard to reach out and talk about how they’re feeling, but covering up suicidal thoughts can only make the problem worse. Talking to someone can be the first step in finding a safe way to sort things out.

Here are some ideas that can help you stay safe right now.

Connect with others: If you’re worried that you may lose control and do something to hurt yourself, connect with someone you trust. It would be best if you could share with them how you’re feeling and that you are thinking about suicide, but if you’re not ready to do that right now, than just being around someone you trust will help you to stay safe. Talking to someone is a positive step towards getting past thoughts of suicide. It may be a trusted friend or family member, your doctor or a health worker, a cultural or spiritual leader, or anyone else you feel comfortable with. You can also seek help anonymously by calling the Island Helpline at 1-800-218-2885. For other sources of help on PEI and on the Internet, check out the Stick to Life toolbox below.

Keep your home safe: It is important to get rid of things that can be used to hurt or kill yourself. If that is difficult for you, then go someplace where you can feel safe, like a friend’s house.

Develop a safe plan: It can be hard to think clearly when your thinking about suicide. Here are a few things you should know that can help you stay safe while you work through the things that are troubling you.

  • Do activities that calm and comfort you. Maybe it’s listening to music, playing video games, talking to someone, getting active with push-ups, crunches, or going for a walk.
  • Think about your reasons to live. Maybe you have kids, parents, grandparents, nieces and nephews. Maybe it’s a good friend or a neighbor that counts on you for help. Maybe it’s a pet that depends on you. Maybe it’s a goal- something you want to accomplish in your life. Hold onto those ‘life thoughts’.
  • Think about whom you can call and where you can go in a suicidal crisis. Do it now, before a crisis happens. Our crisis line on PEI is 1-800-218-2885.
  • Do not abuse alcohol and/or drugs. Alcohol and other drugs can make feelings of depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide worse, so it is best not to use them at all. If you feel you need to use them, set limits so you do not overuse.

If you do all this and you still don’t feel safe, get yourself to the hospital emergency department or call 911.

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