Morningside Recovery Center: Helping People Cope With Depression
Many people deal with depression which leads to suicide, and there are multiple ways to get help, according to Elizabeth Waterman, a licensed clinical psychologist at Morningside Recovery in California.
“There is a negative stigma associated with asking for help with depression, suicidal ideation, and other mental illness. Suicidal thoughts can be overwhelming and thus, the individual may prefer to avoid or deny the issues to avoid negative judgments from others.”
Some tips from the Morningside Recovery Center for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts:
Acknowledge that the suicidal thoughts are occurring and rate the intensity as the thoughts arise on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most intense and signifying a need for inpatient care
Create a written safety plan that outlines steps to take when suicidal urges increase in intensity or frequency.
Create a written crisis management and distraction plan that specifically outlines a variety of activities or behaviors that help them tolerate perceived stress or intense emotional arousal.
The most important thing to do is to get help.
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