Feeling Suicidal? Read this first. 

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings, please take a few minutes to read this first.

Many people have had these thoughts at some point in their lives. These feelings do not mean that you are crazy, weak or flawed - it just means that you are dealing with intense pain and are unable to cope at this moment. You may feel useless, unwanted, ashamed, guilty or angry. And while these feelings may seem overwhelming and unrelenting, with support and time, you can overcome these feelings and the pain, and your suicidal feelings will pass.

If you don't know why you are feeling suicidal, you may feel hopeless about finding a solution. Whether you know the root of your pain or not, it can be difficult to confront your feelings and talk about them with others. But believe it or not, talking with someone can make a real difference. A loved one may be able to help you calm down and offer support while you decide what to do next. 

It is important to understand there is a difference between thoughts and actions. Your suicidal thoughts do not have to become a reality. 

Your feelings may be hard to discuss with a loved one, so a counselor or support group might be a good option for you. The individuals and groups can offer you support and help you learn new ways to cope with your feelings. They can also help you see that people DO get through this. Even people who feel as badly as you do now.

Reaching Out for Help

Even if you feel alone right now, there are many people who want to support you during this difficult time. 

The team at Orchard Place are among those people. They will not judge you, will not dismiss your feelings and will not argue. They are here to simply listen and be there for you. You can begin talking to someone at Orchard Place by calling our Child Guidance Center at (515) 244-2267 and asking to speak to our intake specialist. 

You can also call the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or, for the hearing impaired, at 1-800-799-4889 to access help 24/7.

If you are unable to keep yourself safe, do not wait - go directly to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.