Mental health problems among the youth are on the rise and, sadly, so are the suicide rates. In a recent online post, a young final-year law student fell from a story building and it was believed that he committed suicide possibly stemming from the loss of his parents.

Thoughts of suicide and mental health problems can happen to anyone. When we face hard times, it’s normal to feel swamped, sad, worried, or helpless. But you can find ways to be strong in tough times and avoid suicidal thoughts from controlling your mind. If you take care, show kindness, and keep trying, it’s possible to go from the darkness into the light. Here are a few strategies to get you started.

 

1. Seek Professional Help

Getting help from a professional is brave, but it’s an important first move. I understand it can be scary to make that phone call or go into a therapist’s office. You might worry about people judging you or not understanding you correctly. However, mental health specialists are trained to provide the necessary support in complete confidence. They will listen without judging, learn to know you as a complete person, and support you on your healing journey.

It might be necessary to try a few different providers before finding the right one, so don’t give up. It’s important to find a therapist you trust and feel close with. Using their knowledge and care is a strong move that gets you on the way to hope. You don’t have to work everything out all at once. Do little things, enjoy small victories, and remember that someone is there to help you find mental health. Better days are coming – you’ve already taken the hardest step by asking for help.

2. Practice Self-Care

When we’re feeling bad inside, taking care of ourselves is very important but often forgotten. Make time each day for basic self-care:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat nutritious foods
  • Go outdoors or exercise
  • Take relaxing breaks away from stressors
  • Do activities you enjoy, like reading, crafts, or games

Caring for your body and soul boosts resilience to cope with challenges in a healthy way. Don’t isolate yourself – spend time with supportive loved ones who lift your spirits.

3. Challenge Negative Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts often stem from a negative perspective. When problems arise, it’s easy to exaggerate difficulties and lose hope.

Build resilience by challenging pessimistic thoughts. Ask yourself:

  • Is this thought distorted or unrealistic?
  • Am I overgeneralizing? Mind reading? Jumping to conclusions?
  • What’s an alternate, more optimistic viewpoint?
  • What suggestion would I give to another person in this position?

Change bad thoughts with real, positive ones. As time goes by, this makes your mind stronger and more emotionally steady.

4. Find Meaning and Purpose

Having a reason and goal in life helps protect against thinking about suicide. Find or remember what is important to you – faith, family, helping others, hobbies, and work. Try new things, too!

Make goals that have meaning and work hard to reach them. Help someone in need. Join a group you care about. These steps create links and provide you with reasons to continue when things are hard.

5. Develop a Safety Plan

Work with a doctor or therapist to make a safety plan for when suicidal thoughts get worse. This could include:

  • Getting rid of dangerous things in your house.
  • Making a list of ways to manage stress that work.
  • Finding folks to call during the day or night for help.
  • Knowing hotlines or chat lines for emergencies.

Having a plan helps you to control your thoughts safely before they get worse. It also makes you feel less worried knowing people are there to help. Put a copy in an easy-to-see place as a reminder.

Conclusion

If you are having thoughts about ending your life, remember that you’re not on your own. Many people have been in the same situation as you, and they got over it, finding meaning again. With expert aid, taking care of yourself and making yourself stronger can help you get through this tough time, too. Also, having support from others is important.

There are people who want to assist you. Get in touch now to begin your journey; relief and happiness are possible. You deserve to be well. Don’t give up.