Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and it’s entirely preventable. There are many stages to suicidality, beginning with ideation and progressing to suicidal behavior. Suicide is never the source of a problem; it’s the sign of an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Therapy can help you explore the issues causing your suicidal thoughts and create a plan that treats the underlying complication.
Although purposefully hurting yourself may seem like an isolating experience, it’s way more common than you’d think, especially in adolescents and young adults. Self-harm is a sign of emotional distress and indicates a need for better coping skills. There are various mental illnesses associated with self-harm, including borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, or PTSD. However, self-harm doesn’t require a diagnosable mental illness. Any form of emotional pain can lead an individual to harm themselves.