Trying To Push My Sucidal Thoughts To The Back Of My MindSuicideTrying To Push My Sucidal Thoughts To The Back Of My Mind<div class="ExternalClass33FF689B8E6544A2BD592DB4EB320DD1"><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">This week is hitting me hard. I’m having suicidal thoughts constantly. I try to push them in the back of my mind, and act like there not there, but it’s making it worse. the method that I have been doing is not helping at all. I just don’t know what to do.  </span>​</p></div><div class="ExternalClass70D12538823F48D386D653E794E1BA35"><p>​We're glad to see you reaching out. It sounds like you've been feeling overwhelmed this week with these thoughts, and that you've still been trying to take care of yourself through it. It can be frustrating when you're trying to cope with these thoughts but not feeling like it's working.</p><p>It's good that you have been making that effort to deal with these feelings. Right now, it may feel like the coping mechanisms you're using are not working. Sometimes this is true, the skill that you are trying is not the right fit for you and other times the coping skill might be helping more than you think. The goal of a coping skill is to give you a moment to regroup, calm your feelings and move on to the next time frame. Some coping skills help for 10 minutes and some coping skills might help for the entire day. Each time you are able to move on to a new time frame is a victory and should be celebrated.</p><p>The more times you're able to delay suicidal thoughts and use your coping skills to take your mind off those thoughts, the less power they have. It's good to have a variety of coping skills ready in case something comes up and what you're already doing isn't working. Try these tips so you have a bunch of coping skills ready to help you through this tough time.<br></p><ul><li><a href="/Pages/tip-why-care-about-coping-skills.aspx?Topic=Coping%20Skills">Why You Should Care About Coping Skills</a></li><li><a href="/Pages/tip-choosing-the-right-coping-skill.aspx?Topic=Coping%20Skills">Choosing The Right Coping Skill</a></li><li><a href="/Pages/tip-How-to-Use-Coping-Skills.aspx?Topic=Coping%20Skills">How To Use Coping Skills</a></li></ul><p>When you're having suicidal thoughts, it's good to know what other resources are available to you. Talk to the people on your support team – trusted adults that can help you through this. We are here for you too. You already reached out here through this email, and that's great. It may take 24-48 hours to see a response through email though, so if you feel like it would be a better fit to have quicker responses, you can call us 24/7 at 1-800-448-3000, or TEXT VOICE to 20121.  That way you can have more of a two-way conversation with someone and be able to get immediate support, especially if you aren't feeling safe from hurting yourself.</p><p>Take some time to try figuring out why this week hit you so hard. If there is something specific causing you to feel overwhelmed and stuck, it would be good to identify ways in which you can avoid these triggers when possible. Try to put some more energy into finding ways to take care of yourself so you're able to handle difficult situations:</p><ul><li><a href="/Pages/tip-9-steps-to-taking-care-of-yourself.aspx?Topic=Taking%20Care%20of%20You">9 Steps To Taking Care Of You</a></li><li><a href="/Pages/tip-emotional-health-checklist.aspx?Topic=Taking%20Care%20of%20You">Emotional Health Checklist</a></li></ul><p>Try to make a safety plan for yourself: <a href="/Pages/tip-creating-a-safety-plan.aspx?Topic=Suicidal%20Thoughts">Creating A Safety Plan</a>. This type of plan can help you to stay focused on making it through a difficult situation rather than being overwhelmed by the situation.</p><p>Remember, no matter what time it is, we are here for you.<br></p><p>Myra, counselor<br></p><p><br></p></div>17

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