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Support For Suicidal Thoughts and Actions

Suicide is a permanent solution to what, with the proper help, could be a short-term situation. It needn't be permanent. Seek the help and support you need.

When I attempted suicide, I caught my support system off guard, including my doctors and psychiatric nurse. I had kept my feelings to myself. I survived the next day, so I called my kids and had them all crying. My daughter, the nurse, immediately took control and took me to the ER.

I was still thinking about it, but I kept thinking about them all crying. I didn’t want to do that to them. It made me think twice about trying again. I went into the hospital voluntarily and out of that came the promise to never try that again, and that I would tell someone if I was feeling suicidal thoughts.

On a later occasion, I was having severe hallucinations, delusions and suicidal thoughts. I kept my promise and told my son, who made sure I got to the hospital. I earned myself a new specifier of psychotic features to go along with my diagnosis of bipolar disorder type 1.

My therapist kept in touch with my daughter to find out how I was. I told my psychiatric nurse that I had been in the hospital, but the medications they gave me were messing me up and I needed to see her as soon as possible. A medication change was necessary. She listened to me and agreed.

My family came to visit me and so did my best friend. I even had an aunt come in. Most people had no visitors at all. They had no support. Support is necessary to keep you from going through with suicidal thoughts.

I know people who go through suicide attempts over and over just so they can have some support of some kind. Their family doesn’t care. They have no friends or the wrong kind of friends.

I feel so sorry for people who have no support. So many more people could be saved if they just had the support of people who care. Even the support of someone they don’t know. I have convinced people to go to the hospital and it didn’t take a major battle. I would venture most of the time that we all want help and someone to take an interest in our feelings and take the time to talk about it or drive them to the emergency room even. Show someone you care today!

To read more from Teresa, see the rest of her posts for IBPF here or visit her personal blog here

Comments

I loved this blog. Totally came to the point about support. At present, I have lack of except for one sister and my Mom. I try really hard not to talk about my illness because they think it's self centered and 'draining,' not to mention negative. Most think I should be "fixed" by now, and my bipolar is my fault. What's interesting about this is the borderline/bipolar substance abuse (mostly alcohol) symptoms evident in family tree. They just drink at night and are mean by day. They can't help it, they seem to be borderline. Forget about support. I'm too easy a target. I have had bipolar I for 25 years that we know of. the only time I tried to off myself was at age 11, after a boyfriend, my first boyfriend, dumped me for another, more exotic, rich and famous airline heiress. I tried to drink myself to death. Oh wait, once I was on a popular atypical antipsychotic that lowered the ceiling on my pleasure centers and made me depressed for a year. Every time I tried to get off this antipsychotic I became psychotic. I went in the ocean with rocks in my pockets but could not go through with it. My psych and I disagreed about what was causing the depression and suicidal ideation. I finally toughed out psychosis at home (because my family is completely unsupportive of the idea that I endure bad times. That was a year long depression)....the last time I got near a hospital, the negative family blowback was unbelievable. My Dad is still distancing me from it. He is angry because he feels I spend too much time with people with my illness. Whatever it is, suicidality, hospitalization, antidepressant fatigue, intensive outpatient, the last letter after the hospitalization that was a mistake and only lasted a few hours, was a "I'm cutting you off" letter.

I've been there in the past and only wanted the pain I felt to end. I'm glad I'm not there anymore. Thanks for sharing this.

Im 22 years old , i have Social anxiety for the past 8-9 years but i thought i was silent but i realised it now, Generally i dont know what to talk with anyone, i dont have any close relationship or bond with anyone including my family , Most of the time I will be thinking "why am living , whats the purpose of my presence , why cant i mingle with anyone " and i dont have interest and passion in anything. Combining all these things i m depressed for many months and getting Suicidal thoughts. Seriously speaking i dont have an idea to live because i cant get happy on anything.Right now i m going for a job i dont have willingness to learn anything because i dont have any idea to live.Is der any Solution for me ?

I'm sorry to hear about what you are going through. I want you to know that help is available to get you through this. It might not feel like it, but you are not alone and many people have experienced the same thoughts and feelings. 

We often recommend trying a support group to meet other people who have been in a similar place. Social anxiety can make it difficult to attend a support group though, so we also recommend the website www.7cups.com which is a free online chat with a trained listener. 

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