Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are isolating and overwhelming, and asking for help can be terrifying. Whether you are reaching out for help or are looking into help for a loved one, your courage is truly admired by the team of Healing Minds. Our Suicidal Prevention services can make the difference you need to step towards a full, whole life once again. Your life is special, it is worth living, and we are here to help you remember this; to listen and give you the tools to rewrite your story.

Here are some resources:
• Suicide Prevention Lifeline
• Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Therapies That Can be Used to Treat Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal therapy focuses on providing the individual experiencing suicidal thoughts with suicide-specific coping techniques and skills. Suicide therapy can then help individuals recognize when, where, how, and why they start thinking about suicide.The goal is to prevent suicidal behaviors and to motivate the individual so that they’re better equipped to deal with their suicidal impulses and reduce the risk of suicide.

Research into suicide-specific treatments to help reduce suicidal thoughts reveals some effective therapies that have been both studied in controlled clinical trials and used in psychiatric and mental healthcare settings.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Suicide Prevention

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for suicide prevention has shown impressive results in reducing suicidal thoughts and repeat suicide attempts, reducing depressive symptoms, and increasing hope. A primary treatment focus is reducing suicide risk factors and increasing coping skills. Central to the therapy is the tenet that the individual will continue to have stressors and problems, but armed with effective coping skills, they’ll no longer be triggered to suicidal behavior.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Suicide Prevention

For someone experiencing chronic suicidal thoughts, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an effective therapy to reduce suicidal attempts and ideation. Individuals suffering from a borderline personality disorder, for example, not only need therapy for suicidal ideation that can help ensure their safety, but they also need to learn new skills and access resources that can lessen the fixation with suicide. While someone can’t control what they think, they can learn how to better respond to the thoughts that come to them. That’s where DBT can help. Rather than fixate on suicidal thoughts, with CBT therapy the person can master detachment to help them look at the thoughts from afar with a kind of curiosity.

Look for a trained mental health professional who specializes in treatment for suicide. Your mental healthcare provider will evaluate your circumstances and specific behaviors to determine the overall approach to treatment.

Having Suicidal Thoughts?

Therapy from a professional therapist can make a profound difference in relieving suicidal thoughts. Being aware of the warning signs could reduce both suicide attempts and deaths. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, don’t feel like you need to tackle this on your own. Please seek immediate help by calling 911, a local emergency phone number or crisis hotline, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255).

If the situation isn’t imminent, your doctor can provide a referral to professional suicidal therapy or counseling for suicidal thoughts. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from loved ones and close friends before, during, and after receiving suicidal therapy. Telling a therapist about suicidal thoughts may not be easy, but it is a vital first step in healing.


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