Thoughts of suicide may result from overwhelming stress or lack of sleep. If this is the case, it is important to talk to your doctor or a licensed therapist.
Thoughts of suicide can be a symptom of depression. If you think you might be depressed, please talk to your doctor or a licensed therapist. If you have already been diagnosed with depression, inform your treatment team that you are struggling.
Suicidal thoughts can also result from a number of other mental health conditions. If you are thinking about suicide, please contact your doctor or a licensed therapist. If you have already been diagnosed, please let your treatment team know that you are struggling.
Experiencing trauma or abuse can put you at risk for suicidal ideation and other mental health challenges. If you have experienced trauma and are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you may be experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or another trauma-related disorder. Please contact your doctor or a mental health professional, if this is the case.
Fr. Ronald Rolheiser offers an insightful Catholic discussion of grieving a loved one lost to suicide.
Psychiatrist and practicing Catholic Aaron Kheriaty offers a complete guide on coping with depression, from diagnosis to treatment to spiritual support.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers both calls and online chatting to support those struggling with suicidal ideation, including a support line for people who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as services in Spanish.
Crisis Text Line connects you to a trained crisis counselor. If you're not comfortable talking to someone on the phone, try texting instead.
If you're a veteran or service member, you can contact a crisis hotline or text-line specifically for veterans and their family members.
Licensed therapist Kati Morton shares advice on coping with suicidal thoughts and how to help someone who is struggling.
Drawing from both Church wisdom and personal experience, these authors offer a pastoral response to those grieving a loss due to suicide.