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 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

One of the goals is to keep you out of a hospital setting as long as you are committed to the full treatment. This is a life worth living program, which means the focus is not just on preventing suicide, but helping you achieve things to make your life more meaningful and less distressing. You will have access to 24/7 phone coaching with me when you are feeling suicidal and will be given skills to regulate these urges.

— Ann Guzman, Counselor in Peachtree Corners, GA

It's ok, we can go there and I'm not gonna freak out.

— Megan Herrington, Psychotherapist in CHICAGO, IL

It can be pretty terrifying to have suicidal thoughts, regardless if you are someone who have had these thoughts throughout life or if they have recently popped up. The stigma around it make it difficult to talk to open up, because often times it feels like they don’t get it. They dismiss the hopelessness you feel or they want you to go to the hospital. I have been involved with suicide prevention since 2010 and want to make space for you to share these dark thoughts while maintaining safety.

— Alison Gomez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bakersfield, CA

While it may be taboo in our society to even mention suicidal thoughts or feelings, I have worked with many clients who have had suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. In our sessions, you can talk about it. And if you're concerned that your words will lead to me having to make a call, breathe, relax, we will go over that stuff during your first session. I have some really cool strategies we can use to begin to tackle those feelings of hopelessness or depression.

— Jeremy Scataglini, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

We will use a combination of DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness practices to reduce the intensity and frequency of urges to self harm and suicidal thoughts.

— Alexandra Nicotra, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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 Fallon Upton, Associate Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA

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 , 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

Having thoughts of killing yourself or having a loved one who is thinking of killing themselves is a scary feeling. I work with individuals from 12 years-old to adults who are thinking about suicide. We will use an evidence-based treatment called CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidal Risk) coupled with DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to create hope, decrease the stressors that are driving suicidal thoughts, and decrease (if not get rid of) those suicidal thoughts.

— Amber Kosloske, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO