While the rate of suicide in Ireland is decreasing, it is still too high. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, speak to a GP, counsellor or loved one.
Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your own life. While suicidal ideation is thinking about taking one’s own life.
These thoughts can arise for many reasons, from illness and loss, to financial pressures and depression. Often, if someone is thinking about suicide, they feel overwhelmed and in a hopeless situation.
Risk factors for suicide
Aspects which can increase someone’s risk factor of suicide include:
- Mental health disorders or issues
- Previous attempts or a family history of suicide
- Prolonged stress
- Traumatic life events or exposure to suicide
- A lack of social support
Suicide warning signs
If you are worried someone you care about is considering suicide, a change in behaviour or completely new behaviour may be cause for concern - especially if it comes after a traumatic event, loss or significant life change.
Other warning signs include:
- Talking about suicide
- Talking about feeling hopeless or trapped
- Talking about being a burden
- A growth in alcohol or drug use
- Drawing away from friends, family or social activities
- Saying goodbye or giving possessions to people
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Acting aggressive, depressed, anxious, agitated or disinterested
How counselling can ease suicide ideation
Suicide is a complex issue which is difficult to talk about. But it is always best to talk to someone so you can find support and discuss ways to prevent it. If you feel you can’t speak with anyone close to you, counselling/psychotherapy can help.
Those who are considering suicide value compassion and acceptance. Counselling/psychotherapy provides this in a safe environment where people can explore their feelings and thoughts without judgement. Being listened to can also ease feelings of loneliness, isolation and hopelessness.
Need someone to talk to?
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, get in touch with the Ford Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre. Our professionally trained therapists are here to listen and help during this difficult time.