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How to deal with suicidal thoughts

Many persons have countless times had suicidal thoughts at some point of their lives.

I personally believe its no defect, and it doesn’t mean that you are crazy, or weak, or a mistake. It is an obvious indication  that you are bearing more (pain) than you can cope with right now. That type of pain which seems overwhelming and wont go. The truth is,its for the moment and with time and support, you can overcome the weight, pain and all strange feelings.


Step #1:Wait, Just Dont Act Now

You may be going through a lot of pain right now,and no one may seem to know or care.Make the effort to distance between thoughts and an action.

Say to self: “I will wait for a while (say 24 hours,some days or a week) and won’t do anything drastic during that time.”

Thoughts and actions are two different things—your suicidal thoughts do not have to become a reality. There’s is no deadline, no one pushing you to act on these thoughts immediately. Wait. Wait and put some distance between your suicidal thoughts and suicidal action

Step #2: Flee drugs and alcohol

Drugs or alcohol often can make your suicidal thoughts stronger,Avoid them . It is important to not use nonprescription drugs or alcohol when you feel hopeless or are thinking about suicide.


Step #3: Make your home safe

Can you find any lethal weapon,pills or object you have thought using to hurt yourself?..Move them or yourself away from them. Go to a place where you can feel safe.

If you are thinking of taking an overdose, give your medicines to someone who can return them to you one day at a time as you need them.


Step #4: Stay Hopeful 

Many people survived this and came out better. Even people who feel as badly as you are feeling now manage to survive these feelings. Take hope in this.

There is a very good chance that you are going to live through these feelings, no matter how much self guilt, hopelessness, or isolation you are currently experiencing.

Just give yourself the time needed.


Step #5: You are not alone


Dont give up even when that someone you expected to pay heed to you failed to respond. You still arent alone,speak to a friend, colleague, neighbour.

Indeed it may be hard to find that someone who could genuinely listen to you,but still do not keep it to yourself, share to express how bad things are; a text,call, Helpline or sharing on social media.

Don’t let fear, shame, or embarrassment prevent you from seeking help. Just talking about how you got to this point in your life can release a lot of the pressure that’s building up and help you find a way to cope.

The boat may be gone,but we can still learn how to swim.

Feel Good, Enjoy Life!



Credit: Ghana Health Nest


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