Suicidal ideation and Counseling

A man who is believed to be a medical doctor has reportedly taken his own life by jumping into the Lagos lagoon at the Third Mainland Bridge.

The report said the alleged medical doctor was driven to the spot in his Nissan SUV. He stopped the driver with the excuse that he wanted to check something on the body of the car. The unsuspecting driver reportedly stopped only for the man to jump into the lagoon. It was reported that the man, while being driven, was receiving a call when he suddenly asked his driver to stop.

With the alarming statistics about the rate of suicide all over the world, it important to seek for means on ending this unfortunate occurrence.

Suicidal ideation is a common medical term for thoughts about suicide. Thoughts may be fleeting in nature, or they may persist and resolve into a formulated plan. Many people who experience suicidal thoughts do not die by suicide, although they may exhibit suicidal behavior or make suicide attempts. People who find themselves experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors may find that they do so as a result of conditions such as depression, hopelessness, severe anxiety, insomnia, or panic attacks. Not all people who are diagnosed with these or other medical or mental health conditions will experience suicidal ideation, but some may.

All suicidal ideation and behavior should be taken seriously, and those who have suicidal thoughts or know someone who is experiencing suicidal ideation. Endeavour to link with a professional counselor.

Assessing Suicide Risk and Behavior

A person might have persistent thoughts of suicide and never attempt suicide, but a person might also attempt suicide after only briefly experiencing suicidal ideation. Thus, it is important that all threats of suicide and suicidal behavior be taken seriously.
Get help immediately if you or someone you know does any of the following:
Threatens to hurt or kill oneself.
Attempts to access the means to kill oneself (weapons, medications, etc.)
Talks or writes about one’s own death.
Exhibits revenge-seeking behavior.
Talks about feeling trapped in an unhappy situation and not seeing any way out.
Feels no reason to live or has no purpose in life.
Withdraws from friends, school, work, family, and all other important relationships.
Engages in risky behavior without caution.

Therapy for Suicidal Ideation

Psychotherapy can often be beneficial for people who are experiencing chronic suicidal ideation and behavior.
The psychotherapy model considers hopelessness to be the strongest contributing factor to suicidal ideation, and a large part of crisis intervention and post crisis counseling aims to restore hope.

An individual who continues in therapy once the point of crisis has passed will likely explore ways to resist urges to self-harm (if the person engaged in self-harming behavior), address the factors that led to suicidal thoughts, and create a plan that includes coping strategies and methods to address suicidal thoughts in the event that they recur.

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