What to do When You’re Feeling Suicidal

You may be overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness and thinking of suicide as an escape. It is important to remember that suicide is not the solution. There are available solutions and support. Below are some things you can do when feeling suicidal:

Talk to a Trusted Family Member or Friend

Confiding in a family member or friend can be a great source of relief when feeling like you are completely alone in your struggles. They can be a non-judgmental source of support and possibly provide the guidance and help you need to get through this difficult time.

Reach Out to a Mental Health Professional

It’s important to talk to a doctor, mental health professional, or therapist to get the help you need. With the guidance of a professional, you can build a plan to help you cope with suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Engage in Self-Care

Try to do activities that you enjoy or give you a sense of accomplishment. Participating in activities that offer moments of joy can be a key element in providing stability during deep dark times. Here are some ideas for self-care activities:

    • Exercising


    • Engaging in hobbies or creative activities, such as drawing or painting


    • Listening to music


    • Spending time outdoors in nature


    • Writing out your thoughts and feelings in a journal


Reframe Suicidal Thoughts

It is very common to have fleeting suicidal thoughts throughout life. It’s important to remain aware of these thoughts and not become overwhelmed. Reframe negative and self-defeating thoughts with more positive thinking.

Take Meals and Breaks

Try to maintain a good diet and sleeping schedule. Get enough rest and fuel your body with fresh whole foods to keep yourself in healthy balance.


Reach out for immediate help if you are feeling suicidal. Help is available 24/7. Call any of the following support lines for suicidal prevention:




    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255


    • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741


    • SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline: 1-877-SAMHSA7


    • Boys  & Girls Clubs (Senegal)  Helpline:  +221 77 349-7726



It is important to remember that suicidal thoughts will not last forever and help is available. Reach out, talk to a trusted person, and get the help you need.