Ever felt like you wish you could just disappear? Or fall asleep and never wake up? Have you ever thought about not being here anymore, or that the world would be better off without you in it? If you have had thoughts like these, you are not alone. Although these types of thoughts are common, most people who have these thoughts do not end their lives. However, suicide among young adults is a very real concern—it is the third-leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. If you are struggling with these thoughts and feelings, please read on.
Talk to someone that you trust or contact a crisis line. Many counties have their own hotline. If you know it, call it or 9-1-1 and tell them you are in danger of suicide. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). These calls are free!
If you have access to firearms, pills, sharp objects or other dangerous means to hurt or kill yourself, get them away from you or get away from them. This might mean calling a hotline, going to a hospital or confiding in a family member or friend to help keep you safe.
Depression is a painful experience; when depressed, you feel hopeless and helpless, and it can become difficult to see how things will get better. When people have suicidal thoughts, it is because they just want the pain to stop and are looking for a way out of the hole they’re in. Usually, they don’t really want to die—they just don’t want to feel the way they do. They feel like things will never get better.
People who have suicidal thoughts are often suffering from depression or another psychological condition that can be helped with therapy, medication or both. You do not have to endure this pain alone—help is available. Depression is a very serious, but treatable, illness. Most people who attempt suicide and survive are glad they did not die. They find positive things in their life that they just couldn’t see when they were feeling suicidal.
It can be difficult to talk about feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts, but it is necessary in order to feel better. Just like you would see a medical doctor if you broke your arm, you should seek professional treatment for depression or suicidal thoughts. You can talk about these things with a psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health counselor, social worker, religious or spiritual leader, family members or other trusted adults who you feel will listen and help you explore options other than suicide. Things you can do to help yourself: