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5 Important Ways to Reduce Suicidal Thoughts

Here at South Plains Rural Health Services, we recognize the critical importance of mental health and well-being. Suicide and self-harm are often an unfortunate result of an underlying mental health struggle. 

If you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts, the following five steps can help you reduce their intensity. Call 988, too, as there is always someone there to provide support for you or your loved ones. 

1. Open communication

One of the first steps in reducing suicidal thoughts is fostering open communication. If you have a friend or family member who demonstrates potential suicidal thoughts or intentions of self-harm, encourage them to share their feelings. Create a space without judgment, so they feel supported and heard. Sometimes, expressing emotions can alleviate the burden and help individuals feel understood.

Know that if you’re struggling with harmful thoughts, friends, family, or mental health professionals – like those here at South Plains Rural Health Services – can offer a listening ear and provide valuable perspectives. You are not alone.

2. Seek professional health

We here at South Plains Rural Health Services offer mental health support, which is essential if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts. We can offer support and proven clinical treatments to help you feel in control of your thoughts again. 

3. Build your support network

Cultivating a strong support network is important to your mental health. Surround yourself with caring friends, family, or support groups to gain a sense of belonging and reduce any feelings of isolation. Knowing that there are people who genuinely care can be a powerful protective factor against suicidal thoughts.

4. Develop coping strategies

We can help you learn healthy coping mechanisms that help in managing stress and emotional challenges. Encouraging the development of coping strategies, such as mindfulness, relaxation techniques, or engaging in creative activities, can help you process difficult emotions. When you’re feeling your lowest, these coping strategies are indispensable.

5. Cultivate a sense of self-worth

Learn to acknowledge and embrace your worth. This helps you treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a friend in need. Developing a compassionate relationship with yourself can be a powerful tool in overcoming the darkest moments. We can help you learn how to show yourself love and compassion so that you experience greater healing and resilience. 

Remember, seeking help is a brave step toward healing. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, resources are available. Reach out to South Plains Rural Health Services, local support networks, or helplines like 988.

Call South Plains Rural Health Services, or book online using our scheduling tool.

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