Showing posts with label Suicide Prevention. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Suicide Prevention. Show all posts

Thursday, 7 June 2018

CBT and DBT Therapies for Suicide Prevention

June 07, 2018

Suicide Prevention: Therapies That Works

Dial 1-800-273-8255  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visit your local emergency room promptly, if you or someone you know feeling suicidal.

People who are suicidal and suffers from self-harming experience lots of negative thoughts about themselves, about others and about the world. Thoughts like  I'm not good enough, everybody hates me, I can't handle this situation and so on.

The most important thing that you have to figure out is something that will really work for you and I guess one of the best treatment is talking and sharing that what is actually going on. Secondly, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline because it gives an opportunity to people to talk and share their feelings and emotions that are holding them back.

Some of the most common therapies for suicide prevention are CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) which basically help an individual to identify their mind patterns and try to change them in a positive way from negativity.

CBT and DBT for suicide prevention
Suicide Prevention 

DBT and CBT for Suicide Prevention

Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT)

DTB can work for most mental disorders. It's a base to work from which makes you recognize your patterns of behaviors and gives you tools to prevent you getting very unwell. Saying that you must already be in a prepared mental state of readiness to help yourself. 

Without being disrespectful, some people with mental health problems expect quick fixes and don't realize the only person who can make them better is themselves. If you have not come to this realization yet it won't help you, nothing will happen, until you do by yourself. 

Well, it's not easy as it seems to be because you have to work hard to feel ‘normal’ and there are relapses.

 Mine have been bearable (no suicidal behavior) since completing the course but you have to keep working on your skills and your lifestyle. 

Your whole life which can be overwhelming at times but takes each day at a time and some days you won't even need to consider your skills.

So stay strong and believe in yourself that you can also overcome this mental sickness.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

CBT is a type of talking therapy that focuses on your belief, attitude, and thoughts and how they affect your feelings and behavior and teaches you coping skills that how you can face your problems.

So, cognitive therapy is all related to our thought process so cognitive examines what you think and behavioral therapy examining the things you do.

The theory behind CBT is based on the idea what we think and the way of thinking about a particular situation and it can affect the way we feel and behave.

For an example let's suppose you are in a situation and you interrupt as a negative then you might experience your feelings and emotions negative to that situation. And consequently, these negative thoughts and feelings will lead you to unhealthy behavior.

How does CBT Work

 In CBT your therapist will help you to identify and challenge any negative and thinking patterns and your behavior as well which may be the reason for causing new difficulties and helps you to change your behavior towards the situation.

For example, you have had bullying in school then you may have challenges with your relationships and all of the time and you have collected all of these negative thoughts and feelings.

So your therapist may ask you to focus on what's going on right now in your life (while doing your CBT) or maybe they gonna ask about your past that you are still carrying with you and that's making you mentally sick.

How to Find A Better Therapist?

If you still feel like your therapist is not doing anything for you or might be you are not experiencing that connection with your therapist that is required to have then don't feel afraid to change your therapist you can try and get another therapist and keep on doing over and over again until you find a better one because that's only what really matters.

So, better find a person whom you can actually make a connection with.

One of the best way to get in touch with if you or someone you know having a suicidal behavior just dial 2-1-1 (Big Bend) to speak with an online counselor.

 The people out there are helpful and awesome always ready to talk with you and providing you all the resources that would really help you out with this suicidal behavior and thoughts.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

What is Suicidal Ideation? How to Help Someone With Suicidal Thoughts

April 19, 2018

Suicidal Ideation

Suicidal thoughts are actually the same as suicidal ideation.

There are a lot of people today who just, want to quit, they are very unhappy and many are they are going through a tremendous pain, apart from these people there are people who are wealthy are but still have a feeling of emptiness in life.

 Even though they have everything going further but they feel something is missing. Sometimes they feel the people around them are fake many times they feel they are not loved. 

Suicide has become a very prominent problem these days, literally, thousands of people are committing suicide every day. In the United States according to the study in 2013 over 800,000 committed suicide worldwide. Suicide is the third cause of death of teenagers and its the 10th cause of death worldwide.

suicide signs

There are various cause and factors that lead people to think about suicide. There are those who are going under crisis in their life perhaps a tremendous amount of stress. 

Well, most of the suicides are the result of mental illness. Mental illness that produces illness, emotionally, mentally and physically.

Some of the common symptoms of suicide or people who are thinking about suicide are usually hopeless, they a have a very poor ability to solve problems or they have lost the certain abilities that they had before.

 There are also medical conditions(that could be treated), people who are going through financial problems all these can lead to suicide.

Bipolar disorders which also leads to the feeling of anxiety, anger, guilt, extreme sadness and isolation.

What happens to many people when they go through all sorts of troubles and difficult times is something called anxiety or fear.

 Anxiety or fear both are relatable but have different meanings. Anxiety is about to future and fear is about to present. When we detect such things or detects people having these symptoms we need to get them an immediate help.

All the experts say early detections can make a big difference. Nowadays there are centers for the prevention of suicide, there is an emergency phone number to call. 

(Dial 1-800-273-8255 to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).  People who found themselves suicidal should call and get help and if they don't and we see them experiencing such suicidal feelings then e need to call.

            How To Help People If They Have Suicidal Ideation

1) What we can do--- People feels alone, they think nobody cares for them, nobody loves them so we can always be a good listener(in the sense to listen to what they say about their lives and their feelings) and stay connected with them and be there for them whenever they need you. 

2)What advice we can give --- Being as a family member or a friend or whatever relation you have with a person who is suicidal, always suggest them to seek professionals help. (or better you must arrange for them).

3)What we can tell them---The words of hope and encouragement that's what people need more today.  We can tell them you can become a different person than what you are right now.
It is possible and things will change, problems are temporary and you'd be able to get out through this.


Also, read 
How to create suicide safety plans- 5 best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from suicidal behavior.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

How to create suicide safety plans- 5 best ways to protect yourself and others from suicidal behaviour

April 15, 2018

Suicide Safety Plans :)

Sometimes people feel so trapped with these suicidal thoughts and can't find a way out but creating suicide safety plans can help a person to deal with the suicidal thoughts and in the result, they can actually beat this feeling of being suicidal. 

As everyone has different feelings and thoughts and there could be many suicide safety plans but here we are providing the best five suicide safety plans that will definitely help you out if you follow them step by step.

5 best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from suicidal thoughts

  • Keeping your environment safe knowing that is there something that you planned before to hurt yourself with. It could be a knife or a gun or could be anything you may not have them around.

  • Notice your signs and warnings. 

  • Create a list of things that trigger your suicidal thoughts and makes you more depressed such as a song or a TV show.

  • Creating a list of people whom you have personal connections such as friends or family (or who so ever you have) just reach them out by contacting them and speak up about your feelings that can actually help you out by getting those emotions and thought away.

  • Make a list of professionals whom you can contact and talk about plus make a  list of emergency contact details of your local emergency helpline. 

''Always remember life is precious and implementing on these above suicide safety plans is a promise to yourself that you gonna fight with these suicidal feelings and making yourself strong from inside. ''

Friday, 13 April 2018

15 most common signs and symptoms of Suicidal behavior- Suicide Prevention

April 13, 2018

How to help if you know someone in crisis?

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(NSPL) by dialing 
  1-800-273-TALK (8255(toll-free), this facility is available 24/7. They provide free and confidential support and for an emergency dial 911. To know more about NSPL visit

15 most common signs and symptoms of suicide

Suicide has become the major health concern now according to the report over 36,000 people in the United States commit suicide every year (that is 1 person every 14.2 minutes).

And now it has become the 10th leading cause of death. According to the World Health Organisation, a person commits suicide every 4 seconds somewhere in the world.


When someone is in a suicidal crisis we often see these changes-
  • Usually, a person starts doing such activities that could tend to death such as fast and rough driving, taking drugs and alcohols (in large amount), cutting more often and taking unnecessary risks etc.

  • A person has finally lost all the hope and couldn't find a way out and feels hopeless and worthless.

  •  Death of any loved ones, loss of a job or money, break up or divorce in relationships or any other life crisis could be the reason for a suicide attempt.

  •  You will see the change in their attitude/behavior moreover, they become less concern about their physical appearance.

  • Always they want to stay in love with their sadness.

  • Avoiding friends and families and choose to be alone.

  •  If a person is depressed for a long time and consider to commit suicide he/she will start making a to-do list such as meeting friends/relatives, giving away possessions, paying off debts, writing death notes or some will make a plan or a way to kill themselves by collecting materials for suicide such as purchasing a gun or rope or collecting a medications. 

  • Change in eating habits.

  • Global insomnia.

  • Panic attacks.

  • Social isolation.

  • Feels like the burden to others and talking about death.

  • Feels like trapped as they have no way out and solutions to their problems.

  • Feelings of guilt and guilt.

  • Often says no one loves me and feels life ain't worth living.

Risk Factors Mental disorders such as psychiatric disorders, social and families situation plays a crucial role in increased the risk factor for suicide.

 Whereas, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia have the greatest occurrence of suicide risk. 90% of people who committed suicide have a psychiatric disorder. 

Additionally, if someone has a history of committing suicide that could be a greater risk in future. There are also psychological factors that contribute to suicide this relates to people how they experience themselves their place in the world. 

Some people who have experienced insecure attachments can become the sensitive and painful experience of detachment in their relationships. 

These people often face uncontrollable pain, the feeling of abandonment, and mood swings. They have 10% of the higher risk of committing suicide in the future.

Severe stress can also play a role in activating the suicide risk factor. Some people carry genetic risk factors for this mental sickness such as depression, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia.