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.

Meet the specialists

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 Associate in Round Rock, TX

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

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

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

I've worked for several years within an Intensive Outpatient (IOP)/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP); here I have worked closely with both passive, chronic suicidality, as well as acutely active risk. Suicidal thoughts/ideation (SI) are a unique challenge, but do offer opportunities to further explore one's experiences and the meaning s/he makes out of them. It is a particular joy to see someone emerge from such darkness to rejoin and enjoy an abundant life.

— Katie Plumb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

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. I create a space in which it is ok to talk about these thoughts without being judged.

— HEATHER HUITING, Clinical Social Worker in Peoria, AZ

Having my own journey with suicidal thoughts I have learned how to listen deeply to underlying messages in suicidal thoughts and create self care actions. Suicidal thoughts are extremely common. Holding suicidal thoughts or urges to yourself can increase their intensity. There are ways to not feel so alone with what you are experiencing and be able to transform your relationship to suicidal thoughts. We can work individually or you can join my group for those who live with suicidal thoughts.

— Heidi Lindeman, Counselor in Broomfield, CO

Suicide has been a part of my life since I was in 8th grade. I have lost friends and family members to suicide over the years. I have also struggle at times with my own thoughts of suicide. Though it is not all I work with, I do hold a special place in my heart for those who have been touched by suicide whether through their personal lived experience, supporting loved ones who struggle with suicide, or the experience of grieving someone who has died by suicide.

— Julie Reichenberger, Counselor in Denver, CO

When you feel hopeless, it can seem like there is no way out. The good news is no feeling is permanent and feelings can change quickly. If you are feeling suicidal we can create a safety plan together to help you manage those times of hopelessness until that wave passes . We will also work on coping strategies to reduce depression and make it more manageable.

— Diane Kelley, Clinical Social Worker

I trained at the Samaritans of New York Suicide Hotline and Evolve Treatment center for Teens. I am completing foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

— Lincoln Madley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I help children and adults learn to reduce and/or extinguish suicidal thoughts through holistic approaches that help them identify triggers, thus utilizing helpful coping skills. I also help parents learn helpful approaches to support their children, as well as provide individual crisis services for families in need.

— Dotti Howe, Counselor in WALTON, NY

Suicidal thoughts and intense emotions arise for a variety of reasons and are a warning sign to intervene immediately. I have extensive training in crisis intervention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and safety planning to evaluate the level of risk. My intention is to build relationships and work with clients to keep them OUT of the hospital and build skills to have a life worth living. I collaborate with family, other community providers and encourage additional treatment when needed.

— Kara Shaughnessy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Creve Coeur, MO

I have experience working with individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts. Specialized training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which is the treatment of choice for individuals struggling with suicidal ideation.

— Ashley Strang, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI

I currently train professionals in the community on how to respond responsibility to people struggling with suicidal thoughts. I also teach professionals how to help people grow and recover from prior suicidal experiences. Having thoughts of suicide is common within the human experience. Anyone can have thoughts of suicide. I commit to working with you in a collaborative way, with your safety paramount.

— Melissa Pirwani, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Jose, CA

I have experience working with individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts. Specialized training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which is the treatment of choice for individuals struggling with suicidal ideation.

— Ashley Strang, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI