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Counselling for Suicidal Ideation Treatment

NOTE: If you are currently feeling suicidal, please call your local suicide support network. In British Columbia, please call 1-800-SUICIDE, for free, non-judgemental, and compassion support.

Experiencing thoughts of suicide can be overwhelming and frightening. It’s important to know that help is available and that recovery is possible.

Seeking help is a brave and crucial step towards healing and recovery. Suicidal Ideation Counselling can provide a non-judgmental space to help you address and manage your thoughts of suicide, explore underlying emotional and psychological factors, and develop a plan for ongoing support and self-care.

With the right resources and support, it is possible to find hope and overcome suicidal ideation. Don’t wait to reach out for help, take action today.

Suicide Risk Factors

To effectively prevent suicide, it’s important to understand the common risk factors associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Prior suicide attempt(s).
  • Misuse and abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Mental disorders, particularly depression and other mood disorders.
  • Knowing someone who died by suicide, particularly a family member.
  • Unresolved trauma specially violence, victimization, childhood abuse or neglect and lack of access to mental health services.
  • Lack of support from family, friends or community and sense of isolation.
  • Chronic disease and disability.

It’s important to remember that having one or more of these risk factors does not mean that suicide is inevitable. It’s crucial to be aware of warning signs and to reach out for help if you or someone you know is struggling.

Signs to Look for in Those Who Are Seriously Contemplating Suicide:

  • Talking about dying or wanting to die, expressing feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, or feeling trapped, mentioning intense feelings of guilt and shame, or saying that they do not have a reason to live or that others would be better off without them.
  • Withdrawing from social interactions, giving away personal possessions, wrapping up loose ends, or saying goodbye to friends and family.
  • Experiencing severe depression, anxiety, anger, irritability, or mood swings.
  • Physical Manifestations: Changes in appetite, sleep patterns, energy levels, or personal grooming habits.
  • Life Stressors: Losing a loved one, relationship difficulties, financial stress, job loss, or significant life transitions.

It is essential to remember that not everyone who experiences these signs will attempt suicide. If you are concerned about someone’s well-being and think they may be considering suicide, it is crucial to reach out to them and offer support. Additionally, seeking help from a mental health professional can provide the person with the resources and support they need.

How Can Suicidal Ideation Counselling Help Suicidality?

Suicidal thoughts are a common concern that can be effectively addressed through therapy. Counselling can provide a safe and supportive environment for you to explore and work through your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to suicide.

By using evidence-based therapies, a trained therapist can help you understand yourself and your actions. The goal is to show you that your behavior, even if it is destructive, is still valid and makes sense as a coping mechanism. The goal is to develop healthier coping skills to replace destructive behaviors.

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Our team of counsellors will help you

  • Embrace and heal the underlying emotions behind intense or reactive behaviors.
  • Overcome the impact of traumatic memories.
  • Cope with depression and anxiety.
  • Build a positive and realistic self-image.
  • Develop resilience and a new perspective on negative experiences.

At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, we are dedicated to helping you build a more compassionate and understanding relationship with yourself. Our team of experienced therapists will support you in discovering new, effective ways to manage life’s stressors.

We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn how our services can benefit you or a loved one on the journey towards inner peace and well-being.

Help is available! The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC 

is here to help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE), or call your local crisis centre.

In-Person Services

Speak with your doctor or mental health professional about how you are feeling, to understand the warning signs, and develop a safety plan.

Emergency Services: If you have attempted suicide and need help visit your nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1 immediately.

Phone Services

9-1-1 Emergency Services: If you or someone you know has attempted or is attempting suicide, call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest emergency room. Available 24 hours a day.

1-800-SUICIDE: Call 1-800-784-2433 if you are having thoughts of ending your own life or know someone who is. Available 24 hours a day.

Youth in BC Distress Line: Call 604-872-3311 to speak to counsellors and trained volunteers who are committed to helping youth in crisis. Available 24 hours a day.

Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 for immediate and caring support, information and, if necessary, referral to a local community or social service agency.