Confronting Suicidal Ideation

What exactly is Suicidal Ideation?  It is simply thoughts about suicide, fleeting thoughts, plans, and visions but never committing any acts of harm to oneself. What makes people have these thoughts in the first place?

Answers range from just having a bad day to having a severe mental health disorder.  Alcoholics are prone to Suicidal Ideation even when they are sober. People with mild to severe depression can have thoughts about suicide This does not necessarily mean they are suicidal. But it is a warning sign whenever ideations  start forming and become a continual thought process of the mind.

People with suicidal ideations can even have everything planned out yet never hurt themselves but family members and friends should take notice of this preoccupation in the early stages. Seeking help for mere thoughts may seem a bit overboard but thoughts make patterns and then turn to actions. Even a person that is going through a very stressful time in their life and are perfectly mentally healthy can entertain  thoughts of suicide.

The problem is when the ideations become repetitive and more realistic. Another problem that aggravates the situation is any kind of mental health disorder. An Ideation can become an action quickly on the spur of the moment. So if you or someone you know has Suicidal Ideations you should immediately seek professional help.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in America. As a cause of death for the ages between 25-34 it is the second leading cause of death ,for ages 10-24 it is the ranked third. And unfortunately the fourth leading cause of death for ages 35-64. and the leading cause of death for people 45-64. We are losing generations to suicide. This rate does include the high mortality rate for Soldiers/Veterans.. Did you know that 22 Soldiers/Veterans commit suicide each day in America. Unfortunately for America’s Heroes they make up 20% of the 45-64 age group. More soldiers have been to war now than in any other time in recent history. They are wounded in foreign countries just to come home and die on American soil. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder accounts for the highest percentage  of the 20% of military suicide victims. The Military is starting to recognize it earlier and get the soldiers the treatment and therapy they need.

But there is hope and help. There is a National Suicide Prevention Line. The number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) this line will connect you to a local skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in Your area. There are even counselors  trained specifically to help with Soldiers and Veterans  on this line as well.

So many times people have said “Suicide is a permanent fix to a temporary problem” They have obviously never had serious thoughts of suicide. In those moments the mental pain is so great it seems as if there will never be an end to it. But I promise you there is.

No matter what your age or occupation is, just stop, think, reach out 1-800-273-TALK (8355) there is trained counselors for all ages and circumstances. You may not be able to see the future from where you are but these people can change your vantage point so you have different avenues to take instead of  ending a life that has Value.

There are medications to help with these thoughts. While taking them at first you must be aware of your thoughts at all times, because unfortunately some medications can aggravate the situation instead of alleviate it. There are many medications to help a person to get through a tough time or a tough life there is one that is right for each person.

Medications are not for everyone, but these trained counselors can give you other suggestions such as attending group therapy to know that other people are fighting the same battle as you are.

Then there is the devastation it would leave behind. Be clear about this in your mind secondary suicides are common in families that experience this kind of tragedy. Is that a legacy you want to leave your family? They will then inherit that unyielding  pain and sorrow that made you commit such a final act. Think of that every time you have suicidal ideations. You would never want anyone to experience the level of pain that you were in  during your last moments on Earth. It can get better!

Call the number or talk with friends and family so that they can help you get to a place where you feel safe and happy again.

My first suicide attempt was at 9 years old. I am 48 now. 39 years off and on I have had to fight that battle. But I fought it. I am one of the people who needs medication which I take faithfully everyday. I will not leave such a horrid legacy to my friends and family. It does get better. 2014 has been the best year of my life. And “the futures so bright I gotta wear shades”


About authorjlpitts

J.L. Pitts is a Non-Fiction writer. She blogs about her faith and writes probing articles on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is also a poet. Her newest book was published recently "Scar Wars Forged In Fight" is already stirring the nest in her memoir with a tell-all format. She is writing her third book also a non-fiction work about creating a closer walk with God. She is now a Certified Professional Counselor who specializes in helping clients to become at ease in any social situation. She herself learned these tactics after her own treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder showed her the gap in evolving in a therapeutic setting and evolving in today's society. Horrified by the fact that 22 soldiers diagnosed with PTSD commit suicide every day induced her to start this blog to reach out and connect with anyone dealing with PTSD and needing a hand back into society. As a Certified Group Facilitator she has started a Meetup Group for PTSD and is currently seeking a venue in the Huntsville, Alabama area. She has been sought out by radio talk shows on the internet and people with Podcasts that are booming. She feels younger every day because she stays so active Add to all that she is a Freelance Writer who never misses a deadline. Most of her free time is spent building a website for her career. You can check out the unfinished site at
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