According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, men die by suicide more than three times as often as women. In fact, white males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2018.
Therapy for Suicidal Thoughts
Should you or someone you know be experiencing thoughts of suicide, it is critically important that you seek help. While a high level of risk may require hospitalization or intense inpatient or outpatient treatment, those not currently in a high-risk crisis can be successfully treated with psychotherapy.
Therapy offers a safe space for men to open up and admit they’re in pain and need help. There is no judgment, only compassion. A focus of this therapy may be to address the factors that led to suicidal thoughts, ways to resist the urge to self-harm, and creating a plan that includes coping strategies to address suicidal thoughts should they recur.
Your therapist will also determine whether you may benefit from prescription medications, which are sometimes necessary as a temporary aid to therapy.
You don’t need to suffer alone – and seeking help isn’t weak, it’s a sign of strength. If you have had thoughts of hurting yourself, please reach out to someone. You may contact me and I would be very happy to discuss what therapy offers in more detail and how I might be able to help.
If you’re currently in crisis, reach out to get help. Here are some dedicated crisis services: