Getting Help for Suicidal Thoughts

 

This survey asks about your experience in dealing with thoughts of death or suicide.  We appreciate that this subject is very sensitive, and these thoughts might seem frightening or shameful.  But we believe it is important to understand how people cope with thoughts or feelings about suicide or self-harm.  Other people may benefit from knowing what has – or has not- helped you.  We appreciate your willingness to share your experiences.

This survey is completely anonymous.  We do not record any information that could identify you.  Please do not include any identifying information (like your name, phone number, or email address) in any of your answers.

Please know that this survey is not a way to get help if you are in a crisis.  If you need help now dealing with thoughts or feelings about harming yourself, please call your own mental health providers or call 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).


SECTION 1 - SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE

1.
Question - Not Required - Have you ever had thoughts about harming yourself or killing yourself? (If the answer is "No" please skip to section 4 below.)


2.
Question - Not Required - Have you ever made a plan to harm yourself or try to kill yourself?


3.
Question - Not Required - Have you ever done something to try to kill yourself?


4.
Question - Not Required - Have you ever done something to harm yourself but you were not trying to die?


5.
Question - Not Required - Have you ever been to an emergency room because of suicidal thoughts or a suicide attempt?


6.
Question - Not Required - Have you ever been admitted to a hospital because of suicidal thoughts or a suicide attempt?


7.
Question - Not Required - Have you ever been treated or held against your will because of suicidal thoughts or a suicide attempt?


 


SECTION 2 - SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT PLACES TO GET HELP

The questions below ask about your experience with different places people might get help dealing with suicidal thoughts. Please indicate whether you have ever tried to get help from each of these places and how helpful it was to you.

8.
Question - Not Required - Talking to a family or primary care doctor





9.
Question - Not Required - Talking to a therapist or counselor





10.
Question - Not Required - Talking to a psychiatrist





11.
Question - Not Required - Calling a crisis clinic





12.
Question - Not Required - Going to an emergency room





13.
Question - Not Required - Talking to family members





14.
Question - Not Required - Talking to peers





15.
Question - Not Required - Attending a support group





16.
Question - Not Required - Online peer support





17.
Question - Not Required - Talking to clergy or a spiritual advisor





18.

 


SECTION 3 - SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT SELF-HELP

The questions below ask about your experience with things you might do on your own to help deal with suicidal thoughts. Please indicate whether you have ever each of these things and how helpful it was to you.

19.
Question - Not Required - Positive self-talk or affirmations





20.
Question - Not Required - Prayer, meditation, or spiritual practice





21.
Question - Not Required - Taking extra medication





22.
Question - Not Required - Drinking alcohol or using street drugs





23.
Question - Not Required - Physical exercise





24.
Question - Not Required - Doing things with other people





25.
Question - Not Required - Doing things to stay busy





26.
Question - Not Required - Movies, TV, or other entertainment





27.

 


SECTION 4 - SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR OVERALL OPINIONS

The questions below ask about your opinions about dealing with suicidal thoughts – even if you have never experienced those thoughts yourself. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with each of these statements.

28.
Question - Not Required - Suicide is often preventable





29.
Question - Not Required - I am reluctant to talk to doctors or therapists about suicidal thoughts.





30.
Question - Not Required - My mental health providers regularly ask me about suicidal thoughts or suicide risk.





31.
Question - Not Required - Involuntary or forced treatment is sometimes necessary to keep people safe.





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