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'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 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, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in WALTON, NY

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

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

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

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

My role model is Victor Frankl which gave us existentialism as a tool for live a fruitful life.

— Uros Rajakovic, Psychotherapist in Belgrade,

I have advanced training in Sources of Strength, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Suicide to Hope

— Jessica Ham, Social Worker in Greenwood Village, CO

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

If you've been struggling with suicidal thoughts, they may have convinced you that you're worthless or that your loved ones would be better without you. You might be feeling lost. These thoughts may have stolen your values, motives, or dreams that you had for your life. You may want to reach out for help but you don't have much faith that it will work. I offer a safe space to share about suicidal thoughts and self-harm in which your autonomy is centered.

— Madison Alvarez Brunk, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Longwood, FL

I have worked as a director in a suicide helpline for over 8 years and have a certification from the American Association of Suicidology as a crisis worker. I have worked and trained others on the assessment of suicidal thoughts, the difference between self harm and suicidal ideation, and the creation of safety plans for over 8 years.

— Teresita Lambertt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Specializing in helping folks cope with chronic suicidality.

— Jennifer Cobb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greensboro, NC

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 St. Louis, MO

I am aware of the taboo that surrounds talking about having suicidal thoughts, and I firmly believe that is part of the problem. We need to be able to express what is going on in our head, even if it feels dark and scary. Together, we can address these thoughts and figure out a game plan to help quiet them. You'd be amazed how helpful it can be to simply talk about them in safe and nonjudgemental environment.

— Alexandra Lo Re, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am an expert in the areas of suicide and self-harm. I value helping my clients navigate these difficult issues.

— Tony Sheppard, Clinical Psychologist in Louisville, KY

I have specialized in working with severe depression and suicidal ideation for the last 5 years. I work with individuals as well as do group DBT therapy to address these challenges. I have an intensive treatment program that I offer that provides you the flexibility of attending counseling individually and/or in group up to 4 times per week or adjusted down to whatever your particular needs are. My goal is to help keep you stable and do what we can to prevent you from ever needing in patient care.

— Amanda Woodard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO