Staying Safe

Intense and prolonged stress can result in depleting a person’s sense of hope and strength which in some cases can lead to thoughts of suicide. Having these kinds of thoughts is actually not unusual; most people will have fleeting thoughts at some point in their lives especially when experiencing a crisis or intense emotional distress.

Some thoughts you may be having are:

  • Believing suicide is the only way to stop your suffering
  • Sensing your family and friends would be better off without you
  • Thinking you’ve done something so horrible that suicide is the only option
  • Wanting to hurt or get revenge on others

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Hurting yourself or killing yourself are not your only options, there are many ways to cope with these thoughts and to stay safe.

Connect with others: If you are worried that you may lose control or do something to hurt yourself it is important to tell someone. If you live alone, ask someone you trust to be with you. If you don’t know anyone or can’t reach friends or family, call a crisis/distress line in your area (they could then be sent to the resource section).

Make your home safe: It is important to get rid of things that could be used to hurt or kill yourself. If you are able to do so, go to a place you can feel safe.

Develop a safety plan: It is important to develop a personal safety plan. It can help to share your plan with a trusted person in your life (they could then be sent to the safety plan section)

If you follow these steps and still do not feel safe, go to a hospital emergency department or call 911.