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  • Let’s Learn About Crisis Therapy

    Suicidal ideation is a medical term used to describe when someone has begun having thoughts about committing suicide. These thoughts at times might be fleeting in nature, and at other times the individual may continue to think about it until they formulate a plan.

    Recent data show that among people aged 15 and 24 years suicide is the third cause of death. And suicide accounts for 1% of deaths in America.

    The American Association of Suicidology estimates that each suicide intimately affects at least six other people and we need to understand that suicide has a ripple effect.

    Prolonged depression, severe anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, and feelings of hopelessness can be a result of suicidal thoughts. Not all people diagnosed with these conditions become suicidal, however. Also, many people who experience suicidal ideation do not die by suicide, though they may exhibit suicidal behavior and even make an attempt.

    What is a Crisis Intervention?

    Crisis intervention is a short-term emergency response to someone who is experiencing intense emotional or mental distress. A person’s equilibrium and biopsychosocial functioning are restored through this kind of therapy. By doing so trauma is less likely to persist.

    Counselors who work for hospitals, drug rehab centers, and mental health clinics are typically trained and certified to perform crisis intervention. In this context, mental health professionals do not provide cognitive-behavioral therapy or anything requiring a long-term commitment. The treatment is instead short-term and geared towards stabilizing the client.

    Therapy After Crisis Intervention 

    Suicidal behavior doesn’t happen overnight. To get to that point, it took weeks, and months of struggling with stress, depression, trauma, and/or anxiety. After the individual has been treated for their initial crisis and has fully recovered from that crisis, it is imperative that they continue receiving mental health treatment. Identifying these causes will assist the individual in overcoming suicidal thoughts.

    If you or someone you love is thinking about suicide, please seek immediate attention. 

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline1-800-273-8255

    Crisis Text Line: Text Hello to 741741

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