Learn about suicidal ideation, how suicidal ideation can start, and what to do if you or a loved one is experiencing it. Get help at Corner Canyon Health Center.

Suicidal Ideation & Treatment

If you or a loved one are currently struggling with suicidal thoughts, you’re in the right place. The licensed staff at Corner Canyon are here for you.

We offer a comprehensive and innovative assessment to determine the best course of individualized treatment for all of our clients.

Our inpatient program allows our clients to remain in a safe place while seeking a therapy plan that is custom-tailored to their needs. Keep reading to learn more about how we can help if you’re dealing with suicidal thoughts.

Who defines suicidal ideation?

Suicidal ideation (SI), which is often referred to as “suicidal thoughts,” is a broad term to describe a range of wishes, contemplations, and preoccupations with death and suicide.

Since there is no suicidal ideation definition that is universally accepted, it often leads to ongoing challenges for researchers, clinicians, and educators. Some define SI as planning deliberations, while others consider planning to be a discrete stage.

What causes ideation?

Suicidal ideation can happen when a person starts to feel like they can no longer cope with an overwhelming situation — from being laid off and other financial hardships, the death of a loved one, or the end of a relationship, to debilitating illnesses and health conditions.

Other common life events that can lead to suicidal thoughts include sexual abuse, grief, rejection, remorse, and unemployment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the following as risk factors for suicidal ideation:

  • A history of mental health issues
  • A family history of violence or suicide
  • A family history of child abuse, neglect, and/or trauma
  • Feelings of hopelessness, seclusion, and loneliness
  • Knowing, identifying, or associating with somebody who has committed suicide
  • Identifying as LBGTQIA+ with no family support
  • Lack of access to mental health care
  • Physical illnesses and conditions
  • Experiencing bullying
  • Experiencing legal problems or significant debt

Researchers have linked several conditions to a higher risk of suicide ideation, including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcohol and drug dependence, and traumatic brain injury, among others.

A lot of people who experience suicidal thoughts tend to suffer in silence. As the thoughts get more intense, they may start making plans to end their life. When these thoughts continue without treatment, some people may put their plans into motion and attempt suicide — a devastating discovery for loved ones. Thankfully, there are treatment options available to address the thoughts and help people struggling with SI reclaim hope for the future while also developing new skills to manage stress.

Is suicidal ideation a medical emergency?

Suicidal thoughts are considered a medical emergency. In fact, it’s extremely important to seek medical care when you start experiencing suicidal thoughts. You should never wait if you or a loved one start experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings — visit the closest emergency room ASAP.

When somebody experiences suicidal thoughts, it’s often necessary to seek intensive treatment.

More intensive care, like the inpatient care offered at Corner Canyon, can be highly effective for people struggling with these thoughts because it allows them to receive support and care so that they no longer have to suffer silently.

Feeling suicidal? Help Is Available

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings that your life is hopeless and there is no point in living, help is available. These emotions often arise as a result of stressful situations, but it’s important to know that suicide can be prevented when you seek the care you deserved from an experienced team of therapists, counselors, and other medical professionals.

If you’re experiencing suicidal ideation, the compassionate staff at Corner Canyon is here to help you through the experience. You can reach us 24/7 at (877) 717-6237.

Corner Canyon Health Centers is an inpatient mental health and addiction recovery center. We provide evidence-based and compassion-driven treatment for mixed-gender adult clients in a comfortable, healthy environment with caring personnel. If you or someone you love are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact us immediately to get the help you or your loved one need to overcome this challenging time.