Suicidal thoughts can emerge when stressors overwhelm and surpass an individual’s ability to cope with psychological distress and lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair. Undiagnosed or untreated mental conditions, such as depression and anxiety, can also lead to serious contemplation of suicide.
Warning signs that someone may be having suicidal thoughts:
- Expressing feelings of hopelessness and purposelessness.
- Talking about feeling trapped or being a burden on others.
- Making comments referencing or alluding to suicide.
- Initiating or increasing substance abuse.
- Increase or decrease in sleeping.
- Withdrawing and isolating.
- Mood swings.
- Giving away belongings.
Risk factors for suicidal thoughts:
- Previous suicide attempts.
- Family history of suicide.
- Mental health disorders.
- Trauma or history of trauma.
- Exposure to suicide, suicide clusters.
- Being a victim of bullying.
Dealing with suicidal thoughts is a very sensitive and individualized process that varies from person to person. Some frameworks I utilize to assess and address suicidality include Relational Suicide Assessment, Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT), CAMS Care Model, and Narrative Therapy. Together we will work to build on emotional regulation, crisis management, safety planning, a strong support system, and ultimately, discovering a life of purpose and hope. Seeking support and disclosing suicidal thoughts can be scary. I will take time to explain my approach, my training, and my legal obligations if I believe you or someone is in imminent danger to harming themselves.
*If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental-health crisis and need immediate help, please call 911 and request a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team member).
24 Hour Crisis Numbers:
Santa Clara County: 1(855) 278-4204/ San Mateo County: 1(650) 579-0350
National: 1(800) 273-8255 or Text “TALK” to 741741