Suicidal Thoughts: Understanding and Support

Welcome to the Brookfield Board of Health's resource page on suicidal thoughts. Suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideation, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. It's important to know that help is available, and there are steps you can take to feel better.

Understanding Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts can range from fleeting considerations to detailed planning. They are often a symptom of an underlying issue, such as depression, anxiety, or trauma. Recognizing the signs and seeking help early can make a significant difference.

Warning Signs

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Withdrawing or isolating oneself
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

How to Get Help

  1. Reach Out: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional. You are not alone, and there are people who want to help you.

  2. Contact a Helpline: In the U.S., you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text "HELLO" to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Both services are free, confidential, and available 24/7. Additionally, you can dial or text 9-8-8 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

  3. Call 9-1-1: If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.

  4. Visit a Psychiatric Emergency Room: UMass Worcester (55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, Massachusetts  01655)  has a psychiatric emergency room open 24 hours a day for urgent mental health crises. You can go there for immediate help.

  5. Seek Professional Help: A mental health professional can provide support, understanding, and treatment options to help you manage your feelings and find a path forward.

  6. Create a Safety Plan: A safety plan is a personalized plan to help you stay safe when you're feeling suicidal. It can include coping strategies, people to contact for support, and ways to make your environment safer.

Resources for Suicidal Thoughts