Suicidal Thoughts

If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for help.

Suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideation, means thinking about or planning suicide. Suicidal thoughts are typically in response to feeling that there is no solution to current problem or no end in sight to current pain. Suicidal thoughts are common – many people experience them at some point. However, these thoughts are temporary and passing in nature. If you are having recurrent suicidal thoughts, it likely won’t get better on its own. It’s important to remember that suicide is preventable. Even the most chronic suicidal thoughts and feelings can be resolved with time and support. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s suicidal thoughts experts today. If you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself, call 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for help.

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I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing suicidal ideations currently and/or chronically. My approach with clients is very authentic and genuine using in-depth therapeutic modalities and highly investing in my clients which provides an effective and lasting treatment for suicidality.

— Sara A. Morgan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

It's extremely hard to find accurate data on how prevalent suicidal ideation is, but it's more common than you think. If you are experiencing this, you are not alone. I believe simply saying out loud that you are struggling with suicidal thoughts can be freeing and lead to a path of healing.

— Emma McManaman, Therapist in Chicago, IL

Did you know that suicidal thoughts are incredibly common? Many people are afraid to admit to thoughts of death or suicide, in part because the thoughts are terrifying in and of themselves, but also out of a fear of how people will react. I have worked as a 911 dispatcher as well as a crisis hotline employee (including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). I have extensive training in crisis counseling, including suicide intervention. Talking about it is the first step to healing.

— Fiona Crounin, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

Thoughts of not wanting to be alive or wanting to be dead are valid experiences and discussing them is an important way to work towards healing. As a therapist, I am comfortable exploring these uncomfortable feelings with you.

— Liz Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

I have worked with. many clients, of all ages, with chronic and acute, passive and active, suicidal thoughts. I am comfortable with doing risk assessments, safety plans, and am not a therapist who jumps to sending clients to the hospital unless absolutely necessary for safety.

— Elizabeth Hinkle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Virginia Beach, VA

I have extensive experience with suicidal thoughts, and am specifically trained to help with self-harm/self-injury.

— Kimberly Hansley-Parrish, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I spent about 7 years working in crisis and have taken several trainings in psychological first aid and suicidality. I also ran several support groups for two years that focused on suicidality, building coping skills, and gaining control in their lives. I also strongly believe in dismantling the societal stigma and understanding how larger systemic issues contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. I believe that "contracting for safety" is harmful and will never be a requirement.

— Sage Stevens, Social Worker in Lemont, PA

My interest in supporting individuals with suicidal thoughts is driven by a deep commitment to understanding and alleviating intense mental distress. In my training, I've focused on crisis intervention and empathetic listening. I aim to offer a safe, compassionate space where clients can openly discuss their thoughts without judgment. My approach is to gently guide clients towards finding hope and resilience, using strategies that foster a sense of personal strength and renewed outlook on life.

— Beatrice Paksa, Student Therapist in Austin, TX

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— Stacie Later, Clinical Social Worker in Sandy, UT

I have worked throughout my career at multiple crisis locations/agencies and clinics which were designed to help treat and support people who are frequently in crisis which will often include people whom are suffering from chronic suicidal ideation. Having worked with people with these thoughts, I bring both an ability to treat and support people but also an ability to remain objective and manage a crisis effectively.

— Michael McDonnell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dublin, OH

The harsh inner critic tells you that suicidality is the answer. Unexplored intrusive thoughts of self-harm are part of your personal Shadow, erupting from the unconscious to attack you without warning. In Jungian Therapy we get to know your Shadow in a safe space, welcoming in its voice with curiosity. Shadow-work explores the origins of shame, blame, and violence, connecting with your wounded Inner Child, realizing their Dreams, and releasing the “stuckness” of life energy to move forward.

— Rebecca Spear, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I believe that comprehensive therapy for suicidal ideation is so much more than writing down a safety plan on a piece of paper and calling it a day. It is my goal to meet my clients where they are in their journey, and help them find their own meaning and hope. I am certified through ASIST, the world's leading suicide prevention program, and use these techniques regularly in sessions where suicidality is a concern.

— Kate Upton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I have experience working with children and teens who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and/or self harm. I strongly believe in the importance of involving all family members in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and teens struggling with suicidal ideation.

— Elena Wise, Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

Thoughts of suicide are actually more common than you might think. Sometimes, our mind doesn't know what else to do, so it tries to problem-solve by thinking about death or dying. We create a space in which it is ok to talk about these thoughts without being judged.

— Embracing Change Counseling Services. LLC, Therapist in Glendale, AZ

I specialize in working with clients who struggle with suicidal thoughts. I create a safe space to find methods to cope with these thoughts, identify triggers for these thoughts, and find your reason for living. In addition, I also specialize in working with friends/family who are suicide loss survivors.

— Shayne Snyder, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I see you suffering in silence. You want to avoid another grippy sock vacation, but also want to have these thoughts out loud so you can help them heal. It's not easy, holding onto this alone. I have found that most of the time, these thoughts just want to help escape the pain or have your needs met. I can offer a space to do that, as long as you come honestly and can keep yourself safe (and I can help with that last part). Take a look at my program, let's walk a new path.

— Timothy Kelly, Clinical Social Worker in Aurora, CO

I get it; wanting to die is scary and admitting you want to die is even scarier. I want you to know, I'm not scared to talk about it. I believe most people know what it's like to not want to wake up or not want to exist anymore. I'm more suspicious of people who say they have never felt that way. Feeling suicidal makes sense to me for a lot of reason, AND I want to help you turn the volume down on those ideas. Let's talk about options before you go with the most permanent one on the table.

— Jordan Wolfe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

When individuals become overwhelmed to the point of thinking of harming themselves, then it is time to stop everything and re-examine our lifestyle. I have worked to become proficient at making clients realize that problems - and thoughts of harm - are transient and that there are many other solutions and practices that can make life more meaningful.

— Catherine Rincon, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL