The COVID-19 pandemic’s health risks and social restrictions can leave anyone—especially those who are depressed or overwhelmed by life and feeling hopeless—struggling with suicidal thoughts. But depression can be treated, and there is support to help you overcome your struggles and renew hope, even though it may feel impossible. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength.
Know the warning signs and get help
If you or someone you know is experiencing the warning signs below, it’s important to get help right away.
The first step is to talk to a counselor. Just call Health Advocate for confidential support and resources. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or call 911. All are available 24/7.
• Talking or writing about suicide, including hints like “You’ll be better off without me”
• Withdrawal from friends or family, saying or feeling things like “They just don’t understand me”
• Expressing hopelessness, ongoing sadness, rage, desire for revenge, or feeling trapped, worthless or guilty
• A painful life event such as the loss of a relationship
• Changes in behavior including disinterest in pleasurable activities, or giving away prized possessions
• Taking actions like seeking access to a weapon, pills or other means to harm oneself
Remember, if you suspect someone is depressed or may be having suicidal thoughts, reach out to them and urge them to get help.
Many people having suicidal thoughts often feel relieved when someone asks. Suicidal individuals are engaged in a private struggle with thoughts of death. Talking about the possibility of suicide can alleviate the loneliness of the struggle and can be a first step in obtaining help.
We have put together a video with a few tips to help you if you’re having difficulty coping–you can view it below.