Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts, otherwise known as suicidal ideation, are thoughts about how to kill oneself. These can range from a well thought out plan to a fleeting consideration which does not include going through with the final act.

For the majority, people who experience suicidal ideation’s do not carry it through. Some, however, may make suicidal attempts. Some suicidal ideations can be deliberately planned to fail or be discovered, while others might be planned to succession.

According to a Finnish study, over one fifth of people who actually died by suicide had discussed their aim with a doctor or other health care professional during their last session.

You Have The Power To Say “This is Not How My Story Will End!”


  • Appearing to feel trapped or hopeless
  • Appearing to have an abnormal preoccupation with violence, dying and/or death
  • Being in a heightened state of anxiety
  • Changing personality
  • Engaging in risky behavior, such as driving carelessly or taking drugs
  • Psychomotor agitation – such as pacing around a room, wringing one’s hands, taking off clothing and putting it back on, and other such actions
  • Impaired concentration
  • Increased self-criticism
  • Isolating oneself
  • Saying goodbye to others as if it were the last time
  • Seeming to have severe remorse
  • Talking about killing oneself, expressing regret about being alive or ever having been born

Understanding Suicidal Thoughts and Treatments Available

Mental illness is the most common cause of suicidal ideation and completed suicide. A significant number of mental problems, such as depression, can be successfully treated with medications and talking therapies, such as CBT(cognitive behavioral therapy) or counseling.

Lowering the risk of Suicidal Thoughts:

  • Adherence (compliance) – this means following your treatment plan, going to follow-up appointments, taking medications as instructed, etc.
  • Alcohol and illegal drugs – avoid them
  • Avoid isolation – try to stay connected to the outside world
  • Do exercise
  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
  • Family – involve your family in treatment, get their support. Ask them to come along to your sessions, health care professionals can help them acquire better coping and supportive skills
  • Focus on the good things in life (talking therapies may help you achieve this)
  • Get at least 7-8 hours continuous sleep every 24-hour period
  • Get treatment for a mental illness
  • Seek out things that give you pleasure, such as being with friends/family you like

Emergency Contact Numbers

Open Arms Kerry 087 0907600

Pieta House Kerry(066) 7163660

The Samaritans(353) 16710071

Mental Health Ireland(01) 2841166


Belong To016706223

Alcoholics Anonymous35316710071

Mental Health Ireland018420700