Suicidal Thoughts

Did you know that according to the CDC, Suicide is the number 10 leading cause of death in 2014 in the United States? It is also the number second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34. 3.7 million people experience suicidal thoughts each year. There is a difference between having suicidal thoughts, and acting on those thoughts. Many people experience severe depression, which sometimes leads to them feeling like life is not worth living. Some of the reasons people experience these thoughts could be a result of unresolved trauma, grief, sexual or physical abuse, relationship, or even financial problems. Additionally, people who have a family history of suicide are at greater risk for experiencing suicidal thoughts or attempting suicide. Suicide prevention is something that I have been involved in, and specialized in for the last 5 years. In working with people experiencing these thoughts, it is important to be able to help them come up with coping skills that can assist them in decreasing these thoughts, or even helping distract them from focusing on these thoughts. There are many techniques that are helpful in working with people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Some of the ones that I use are DBT skills, CBT, and mindfulness. Sometimes, although not with all people, EMDR might also be beneficial for people with severe depression and suicidal thoughts. Please contact me if I can help you get to a better place in your life.

 

 

Norine Vander Hooven, LCSW
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