Suicidal ideation, or thoughts of suicide, is a serious issue that affects many people. If someone close to you is experiencing these thoughts, it can be difficult to know how to help. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some ways you can support a loved one who is struggling with suicidal ideation.
Understand the Warning Signs
The first step in supporting someone with suicidal ideation is understanding the warning signs. Some common signs that someone may be considering suicide include:
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Saying they feel trapped or like they can’t escape their problems
- Talking about wanting to die or wanting to hurt themselves
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Giving away prized possessions
- Saying goodbye as if it were the last time
If you notice any of these signs in a loved one, it’s important to take them seriously and reach out for help.
Listen and Validate Their Feelings
If someone you care about is experiencing suicidal ideation, it’s important to be there for them and listen to what they have to say. Let them know that you care about them and that you’re here to support them. Avoid judging them or telling them how to feel. Instead, try to validate their feelings and let them know that what they’re going through is difficult.
Help Them Connect With Resources
There are many resources available to help people struggling with suicidal ideation. Helping your loved one connect with these resources can be an important step in supporting their recovery. Some resources to consider include:
- A therapist or counselor
- A support group
- A crisis hotline
- A hospital or emergency room
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)
Encourage Them To Seek Professional Help
If someone you care about is experiencing suicidal ideation, it’s important that they seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide the support and guidance they need to manage their thoughts and feelings. Your loved one might be hesitant to seek help, but reminding them that seeking help is a sign of strength and courage could be a way to encourage them to get professional help.
Ketamine Therapy for Suicidal Ideation
One recent and promising treatment option for suicidal ideation is ketamine therapy. Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic that has been shown to provide rapid relief from suicidal ideation in some people. Studies have found that ketamine can reduce suicidal thoughts within hours of administration, and its effects can last several days.
Ketamine works by increasing the levels of a neurotransmitter called glutamate in the brain. This increase in glutamate leads to the growth of new neural connections, which can help to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Additionally, ketamine can also help to reduce pain and improve the ability to sleep and perform other daily activities, further helping with the overall well-being of the person who is struggling with suicidal ideation.
The best place for a person with suicidal ideation to receive ketamine therapy is at a facility that specialized in this type of treatment, and Denovo Therapy is a highly recommended choice. With a skilled and compassionate team and a state-of-the-art facility, Denovo Therapy offers comprehensive evaluation, personalized treatment plans, and ketamine infusions to help patients suffering from suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal ideation, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Remember, there is always hope, and there are people who care and are willing to help.