Everyone goes through rough patches, so how do you know when your situation has reached the level of “crisis?” Here are risk factors to take very seriously:
- Thoughts – Recurrent thoughts of harming yourself or ending your life. This includes passive thoughts of wishing you could go to sleep and not wake up.
- Plan – Making a plan to harm yourself that details how you would go about taking your life.
- Means – Having access to the means to go through with your plan.
- Intent – Committing to going through with your plan to harm yourself or take your life.
Other factors that suggest seeking immediate help include having hallucinations, dangerous substance use, eating disorder symptoms, depression or severe mental illness symptoms that impact your ability to take care of your basic needs.