Thoughts of Suicide?

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Are you thinking about suicide?

Suicide is a forever decision.  It’s a permanent action to a temporary situation!

Thinking about suicide, but not sure or don’t trust talking to someone? 

That’s okay!  We understand and we want to help you help yourself.

Read our Blog on Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

Suicide Prevention “Tools”

 They’re interactive and fun.  If you’re having suicidal thoughts, we’d like to strongly encourage you to try these interactive tools that are fun and engaging.

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Having Suicidal Thoughts in Jacksonville?

You are not alone, no matter how much pain you’re experiencing in right now.

Many people have experienced suicidal thoughts at some point in their life.  This is not a character defect, it doesn’t mean you’re crazy or weak either.

Many people who’ve attempted suicide have said the minute they tried they instantly regretted their decision.

The pain you’re feeling right now means that you have more pain than you can cope with right now.  With time and the right support, you can overcome whatever problems you’re facing and this pain along with the thoughts of suicide will pass.  

Our team at Here Tomorrow can help you.  More on that later, because we understand your fear in reaching out right now.

Do thoughts of suicide mean, “I’m crazy?”

Absolutely, not!  As a matter of fact, suicidal thoughts affect some of the finest, most admired, gifted and talented men and women.  Many people have been where you are and felt the pain that feels so debilitating. 

Truthfully, at Here Tomorrow we have a team of Peer Support Professionals that understand and have lived experience with thoughts of suicide.  We also have experience with friends and family that have died by suicide. 

Many people have been overwhelmed by depression and felt devoid of all hope.

Just know that the pain of depression can be treated and hope can be restored.

Suicide Prevention in Jacksonville, Florida

Here Tomorrow is largely made up of Peer Support Professionals that have lived experience and can help you one day at a time with thoughts of suicide.  

It takes courage to face death and step back asking for help.  You have that courage within you.

Together, we can work together and use that courage to face life, develop coping skills and problem solving skills and overcome the challenges that are making you feel so much pain. 

Some thoughts to remember:

  1. Your emotions are not fixed—they are constantly changing. How you feel today may not be the same as how you felt yesterday or how you’ll feel tomorrow or next week.
  2. Your absence would create grief and anguish in the lives of friends and loved ones.
  3. There are many things you can still accomplish in your life.
  4. There are sights, sounds, and experiences in life that have the ability to delight and lift you—and that you would miss.
  5. Your ability to experience pleasurable emotions is equal to your ability to experience distressing emotions.

Why do I feel suicidal?

Deep emotional pain can lead to thoughts of suicide.  The reason for this pain are unique to each one of us, and the ability to cope with the pain differs from person to person.  We’re all different.

What we’d like to teach you are some common causes that may lead us to experience suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Suicide is the only option

When you’re in so much pain this might be how you feel.

If you are unable to think of solutions other than suicide, it is not that other solutions don’t exist, but rather that you are currently unable to see them. The intense emotional pain that you’re experiencing right now can distort your thinking so it becomes harder to see possible solutions to problems—or to connect with a mental health professional or a doctor who can help.  Here Tomorrow is a mental health collaborative that is a different approach and is a unique solution to your problems.

Therapists, counselors, friends, or loved ones can help you to see solutions that otherwise may not be apparent to you. Please give them a chance to help.

A suicidal crisis is almost always temporary

Although it might seem as if your pain and unhappiness will never end, it is important to realize that crises are usually temporary. Solutions are often found, feelings change, unexpected positive events occur. Remember: suicide is a permanent action to a temporary situation. We want to help give yourself the tools to take the time necessary for things to change and the pain to subside.  

Even problems that seem hopeless have solutions

Mental health conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder  are all treatable with changes in lifestyle, therapy, and medication.

People that seek help can improve their situation and live in recovery.  Unfortunately, two out of three people diagnosed with a mental health condition never seek help.  We can’t help those who don’t ask for help themselves.

Even if you have received treatment before, or if you’ve already made attempts to solve your problems, know that it’s often necessary to try different approaches before finding the right solution or combination of solutions.

When medication is prescribed, for example, finding the right dosage often requires an ongoing process of adjustment. Don’t give up before you’ve found the solution that works for you.

Virtually all problems can be treated or resolved.

Reach out to us and let us help you with love, compassion, respect, and a consistent support network that is here for you.

Feeling Suicidal? Immediate Actions to Take

If you’re feeling suicidal, please take these five steps:

Step #1: Promise not to do anything right now

Even though you’re in a lot of pain right now, give yourself some distance between thoughts and an action. Make a promise to yourself: “I will wait 24 hours and won’t do anything drastic during that time.” Or, wait a week.

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

Step #2: Avoid drugs and alcohol

Suicidal thoughts can become even stronger if you have taken drugs or alcohol. 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

Remove things you could use to hurt yourself, such as pills, knives, razors, or firearms. If you are unable to do so, 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: Don’t keep these suicidal feelings to yourself

Many of us have found that the first step to coping with suicidal thoughts and feelings is to share them with someone we trust. It may be a family member, friend, therapist, member of the clergy, teacher, family doctor, coach, or an experienced counselor at the end of a helpline.

Find someone you trust and let them know how bad things are. Don’t let fear, shame, or embarrassment prevent you from seeking help. And if the first person you reach out to doesn’t seem to understand, try someone else. 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.

Step #5: Have HOPE – people DO get through this

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-loathing, hopelessness, or isolation you are currently experiencing. Just give yourself the time needed and don’t try to go it alone.

Suicide Prevention in Jacksonville and the Beach Communities

Even if it doesn’t feel like it right now, there are many people who want to support you during this difficult time. Reach out to someone. Do it now.

If you promised yourself 24 hours or a week in step #1 above, use that time to tell someone what’s going on with you. Talk to someone who won’t try to argue about how you feel, judge you, or tell you to just “snap out of it.” 

At Here Tomorrow we can simply listen and support you.  We are here for you on your terms.