Suicidal Ideation


Suicidal ideation sometimes referred to as suicidal thoughts, describes thoughts, fantasies, ideas, or images related to dying by suicide. When hearing the word SUICIDE, some people may shy away or feel this is a taboo topic to be avoided in any discussion.  The reality is the more we talk about it, the more comfortable we get, which allows more people to access help. Suicidal ideation is often caused by depression or drug misuse. Some other factors that contribute to suicidal ideation include social difficulties, stress, academic pressure, performance pressure, poor social relationships, lack of family support, physical or sexual abuse, substance and alcohol misuse, health issues, and bullying.

It can be scary and lonely to experience suicidal ideation and sometimes you may be afraid to tell someone for fear they will “overreact” or that your pain still won’t go away. The reality is sharing with a mental health professional, trusted friend or adult is often the first step in getting the help you need to start feeling better.

For immediate support, visit our Crisis Resources.

If you are a student and you are concerned that your friend is thinking about suicide:

  1. Don't be afraid to talk to your friends about suicide, you will not be putting ideas into their heads, as many fear. Listen to their feelings. Make sure they know how important they are to you, but don't believe you can keep them from hurting themselves on your own. Preventing suicide will require adult help.

  2. Know the warning signs. Warning Signs

  3. Make no deals. Never keep secrets about a friend's suicidal plans or thoughts. You cannot promise that you will not tell. You have to tell someone to get help for your friend.

  4. Talk to a NormanAid Counselor, teacher, parent or another adult about your friend and your concerns.

    For immediate support, visit  Crisis Resources.


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If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, in danger of hurting yourself or others, feeling suicidal, overwhelmed, or in crisis, it's very important that you get immediate help! Depending on the emergency, you may want to consider the following options:

  • Call 911 or
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room: 

Cedars Sinai


  • Reach out to a crisis counselor with the resources below

Crisis Resources