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Do you have to have a mental illness to feel suicidal?

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Suicide is a very serious topic and a significant cause of death in many parts of the world. Although having a mental illness may contribute to the risk of having suicidal thoughts, you do not need to have a mental illness to feel suicidal. Not all people who die from suicide have been diagnosed with a mental illness, and not all with a mental illness attempt to end their lives by suicide.

Suicide affects a lot of people, and each and every person has their own reasons that causes them to feel this way. When people are feeling suicidal, they are most likely going through something tough in their life. This could be anything from problems at school, problems with friends or family, dealing with a mental illness or dealing with a stressful and overwhelming experience. People who are having suicidal thoughts often don’t know how else to cope with their emotions, and see suicide as the only solution to ending their pain. Their feelings of pain, despair, hopelessness and helplessness can cause them tremendous emotional suffering that can lead them to take action.  No matter what people may say, feeling suicidal is not “just a phase”, and without the right help, these feelings may intensify over time.

If you are feeling suicidal, it is important to reach out for help. If you keep your thoughts and emotions to yourself, the people around you might never know how you’re feeling, and that you need their support. Having the support of a trusted friend or family member is extremely important, because talking about it and knowing that there are people there to support you can be a great relief. It may also be beneficial to contact a professional for help. They may be able to give you other strategies for coping, and may be able to help you get through the tough situation you’re going through. Don’t forget that you are loved, and that the people around you care about you. Getting help may be a huge and scary step to take, but the love and support that can come with it can be very helpful and reassuring.

If you have any more questions about suicide, or just want to talk to us, feel free to talk to us on our online chat, text us at 587-333-2724 or call us at 403-264-TEEN (8336). We care about you, and we’d love to hear from you.

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