Suicide Prevention- Activ Living

Treatment And Therapy For Suicidal Ideations By Dr. Janvi Sutaria

Suicide Prevention- Activ Living

Table Of Contents

  1. Steps to get rid of suicidal ideations
  2. Build a support system
  3. Relaxation techniques to prevent these thoughts

Taking a glimpse at the last few decades, one of the most scarring concerns the globe is facing is Suicide. Suicidal ideations have taken over a lot of people’s lives, and it is important to know how to deal with them in the right way. 

Steps To Get Rid Of Suicidal Ideations

Do Not Rush Your Decision- Activ Living

There is no one reason why one may contemplate giving up their life. They maybe experiencing a mental illness or a stressful life event they are not equipped to handle. There are several steps one can take to feel better or to get rid of suicidal ideations effectively. One of the most difficult but important step is to stay hopeful and give yourself the time you need to restore. You have to promise yourself not to do anything ‘right now’. You can follow the 24 hours delay-in-response rule, where you give yourself time to re-evaluate the situation and think of a more hopeful solution.

If you have been prescribed medicines, it is extremely vital to continue taking them as directed (not more not less) for restoring certain internal physiological balance. It is always a good idea to give your medicines to someone who can return them to you one day at a time as per your dosages to avoid overdose. To maintain chemical balance in your brain and body, especially after you are aware of having suicidal ideations, it’s important to avoid consumption of drugs or alcohol. Also, remove things from your immediate access that you could use to hurt yourself, such as pills, knives, razors, or firearms.

Build A Support System

Building A Support System- Activ Living

While in this phase, try to not go through it alone. Build a strong support system or try and have one or two trusted individuals who you can turn to at any point and contact them when in need. If your support system is unavailable or unable to support, contact a Helpline number (easily available online). Understand that talking about how you got to this point in your life can release a lot of the pressure that’s building up and help you find a way to cope. Do not hesitate to reach out for professional help and talk to a mental health professional who can guide you to understand and better deal with these emotions and situations.

Relaxation Techniques To Prevent These Thoughts

Meditation- Activ Living

Engage in mindfulness, meditation and relaxation techniques to gain control over your bodily reactions and emotions. Focus on your breathing and perform some grounding techniques in the moment to clarify your mind and refocus. No matter how negative your thoughts are, reassure yourself that they are momentary and temporary and that they will be fixed and you will be okay sooner or later. Tell yourself that this is just a phase, and that these issues are not going to matter in the next 5 years.

Going through something so difficult produces inexplicable pain to an individual. It’s often said that attempt to suicide is not to end the life, but rather to end the pain the person is going through. It’s extremely important to extend our support and empathy if we know anyone personally going through this difficult situation or help them gain the correct guidance to fight these hard situations in a healthy manner and build resilience against the same. 

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Janvi Sutaria

BA in Psychology from Mumbai University; Msc Dip in Clinical and Health Psychology from Newcastle University, United Kingdom