Suicidal thoughts and ideation are when a person thinks about killing themselves. People must receive mental health assistance when dealing with thoughts about harming themselves because suicidal ideation can escalate into a person taking action.
People can experience suicidal ideation due to other mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder.
Therapy for suicidal ideation includes crisis intervention techniques, which involve creating safety plans. Safety planning gives someone a clear plan for if they have thoughts about suicide by identifying their triggers and safe people to contact and places to go when those thoughts happen. It also provides them reasons to continue living and coping mechanisms to use at the moment, such as grounding techniques.
Sometimes, people are safest if they receive inpatient psychological help when they have suicidal thoughts so they have access to safe people and therapists who can ensure they don’t harm themselves.