Did you know that 8 out of 10 people thinking about suicide give a sign? At Intuitive Mind Behavioral Health in New Braunfels, Texas, Lydia Kimeli-Pope, MSN-PMHNP, is dedicated to helping people with suicidal ideation, providing medical and psychological support to help them overcome the reason they want to die and find a positive path to follow in life. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment at Intuitive Mind Behavioral Health by calling the office. If it’s outside office hours, you can also connect online.
Suicidal ideation means thinking about killing yourself. But suicidal ideation includes several risk levels:
At each step, someone with suicidal ideation has a higher risk of going through with their plan.
Mental health conditions, especially depression and substance abuse, are the top causes of suicidal ideation. People diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) are 20 times more likely than people who aren’t depressed to think about suicide.
An estimated two-thirds of people who kill themselves are diagnosed with depression. You’re also six times more likely to kill yourself if you have a substance use disorder.
People thinking about suicide often reveal telltale signs. A few examples include:
If someone talks about wanting to die, you should always take them seriously and try to help.
When you see signs in a friend or family member, the best thing you can do is talk with them. Be direct and ask them about their thoughts. It’s also vital to learn if they have a plan.
You can encourage them to call 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number. They will immediately connect with a person trained to help.
If they’re a veteran, they can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 or send a text message to 838255.
If it’s an emergency and you’re with someone who’s about to kill themself, call 911.
Your Intuitive Mind Behavioral Health provider assesses your mental health and suicidal thoughts to determine the best treatment. They may prescribe medication, begin your treatment with therapy, or recommend both simultaneously.
Don’t wait to seek help for suicidal ideation. Call Intuitive Mind Behavioral Health or connect online to request an appointment.