Suicide Help & Recovery

How can we recover from suicidal tendencies

How To Deal With Suicidal Thoughts

More than 50 percent of people will experience some form of suicidal thinking in their lifetime, according to Ashley Boynton, PhD, a therapist and suicide researcher. So it’s crucial—and potentially life-saving—to know how to deal with suicidal thoughts and get long-term help to manage them. It may be hard to wrap your head around that statistic, but suicidal ideation is common—and it can affect anyone.

In an interview with Oprah that aired Monday, Meghan Markle shared that she struggled with suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy. “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” Markle said. “And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”

Markle recognized the seriousness of the situation and reached out for help from royal officials, who devastatingly did not assist her in getting the inpatient mental health care she requested, she said in the interview. Thankfully, she was able to get through that difficult time and said she is in a healthier place now.

Suicide Facts

  • Suicide is intentionally acting to end one’s life.
  • Suicide attempts may be planned out or impulsive.
  • Murder-suicide involves a person killing someone else, then himself or herself. This is a very dramatic, but fortunately rare, event.
  • Suicide by cop involves a person trying to provoke police officers to kill him or herself.
  • Self-mutilation is deliberate self-harm without an intent to end one’s life. Self-mutilation is associated with an increased risk of suicide.
  • Most individuals who commit suicide have a mental illness such as depressionbipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
  • Decreased serotonin activity in the brain is associated with suicide risk.
  • People who feel hopeless, helpless, or isolated are more likely to consider or attempt suicide.
  • People who have serious losses — deaths of close people, loss of jobs, a move — are more at risk for suicide.
  • Every 40 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone ends his or her life.
  • In the U.S., about 100 people die every day of suicide.
  • Young people and older adults are more likely to commit suicide.
  • Guns are the most common method for completed suicide. Poisoning or overdose and asphyxiation/hanging are the next most common methods.
  • People who have experienced bullying, physical abuse, or sexual trauma are more at risk for considering, attempting, or completing suicide.
  • Treatment of mental-health conditions can reduce the risk of suicide and improve quality of life.