If you or your loved one are experiencing an emergency situation you should call 911. For confidential and free support 24/7 call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en Español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the 24/7 Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.
Is it normal to have thoughts of suicide?
No. But sadly, many of us have experienced suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideations. According to the CDC, in 2019 12 million adults in the US seriously thought about suicide.
Suicidal thoughts are a common symptom of many conditions and can also be a side effect of some medications. They should always be taken seriously - whether you're experiencing them or a loved one, it's important to seek support right away.
Suicidal ideations range in severity, and different kinds of suicidal thoughts carry different risks:
Passive suicidal thoughts are more general thoughts of death or not being alive, like: "I wish I was never born," but do not include a plan to commit suicide. Passive suicidal thoughts should always be taken seriously, even if someone doesn't actually have a plan to take their own life. Passive suicidal thoughts can turn into active suicidal thoughts, so talking to a therapist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional that can connect you with the care you need as soon as possible is the best step.
In-person care may be better suited for you if you're experiencing suicidal thoughts, but if you're already meeting with a Confidant clinician, be sure to address this with them as soon as possible.
Active suicidal thoughts are higher risk and can be distinguished by having a plan for committing suicide, or having thoughts about specific ways of ending your life. Active suicidal thoughts indicate an emergency situation, and you should seek help right away.