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Finding Your Way Back: Harnessing Your Mental Strength to Combat Suicidal Thoughts

Updated: May 11, 2023

Suicidal thoughts can be overwhelming and debilitating, making it challenging to see a way out. According to recent statistics, suicide is one of the leading causes of death globally, with men being at a higher risk of dying by suicide than women. Therefore, it's crucial to understand how to harness mental strength and combat suicidal thoughts, especially for men's well-being.


One of the first steps towards managing suicidal thoughts is to recognize the warning signs. Changes in behavior, mood, and relationships can all indicate that someone is struggling with suicidal thoughts. Coping strategies like exercise, meditation, and therapy can also be helpful in managing stress and difficult emotions.


However, it's essential to keep an open mind and explore other coping strategies that could be more effective for managing suicidal thoughts. For instance, some people may find solace in creative activities like painting or playing music. Others may benefit from talking to someone they trust, while others may find solace in journaling or practicing gratitude.


Support from family and friends can also be instrumental in combating suicidal thoughts. If you have a supportive network, consider reaching out to them and sharing your struggles. You may be surprised at how understanding and supportive they can be.


However, in some cases, seeking professional help may be necessary. Talking to a therapist or a mental health professional can provide the necessary support and tools to manage suicidal thoughts. It's essential to understand that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


Unfortunately, some barriers might be preventing men from seeking help, including societal pressure, cultural beliefs, and stigmas around mental health. However, breaking down these barriers and seeking help is essential to managing suicidal thoughts.


Reflective Questions:


  • How do you typically cope with stress and difficult emotions?

  • Are there any other coping strategies that you could try to help manage your suicidal thoughts?

  • What kind of support do you have in your life, and how have these individuals helped you in the past?

  • Are there any additional sources of support that you could reach out to?

  • What are some small steps that you could take to improve your mental health and wellbeing, even when you're feeling overwhelmed or hopeless?

  • How do you feel about seeking professional help for your suicidal thoughts?

  • What are some barriers that might be preventing you from seeking help, and how can you overcome these barriers?


Acknowledging and managing suicidal thoughts can be challenging, but with the right tools and support, it's possible to overcome these challenges. As a society, we must continue to prioritize men's well-being and provide the necessary resources to help them manage their mental health effectively.


It's important for everyone to prioritize their mental health and seek help when needed. There are many resources available to support men in their mental health journeys, including professional help, support groups, and educational materials.


In the UAE, there are resources and support groups such as The Lighthouse Retreat, Men's Mental Health Support Group and the Priory Group.


Heads Up: If you are living in the UAE, The Lighthouse Retreat is holding a Full Day - Performance, Longevity and Stress Management specifically for men on the 3rd June. For more information you can call +971 55-5169101 or visit their website https://thelighthouse-retreat.com


In the UK, support and resources can be found through organizations like CALM and the Men's Health Forum, while in Australia, Men's Line Australia and Beyond Blue offer similar services. In the US, the Trevor Project and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are available resources. Moreover, armed forces members can seek assistance from organizations like the NHS and the Veterans Affairs Department.


Below is a comprehensive list of resources that I have researched and compiled to support men's mental health. These resources include support groups, hotlines, websites, and courses that can help you find professional help, connect with a community, and educate yourself on mental health.


It is important to note that while these resources can be incredibly helpful, it is always advisable to do your own research and due diligence when reaching out to support groups or seeking professional help. Take the time to explore these resources and find the ones that resonate with you.


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Don't miss the upcoming episode of 3 Coaches 1 Topic - Pull Up a Sandbag on May 10th, where I'll be joined by Paul Smith, Managing Director of Coaching Minds and Mental Health Advocate, and Andy "Shep" Shepherd, ex-forces Medic and coach, to discuss men's mental health and provide insights and strategies for finding your way back to well-being.




About the Author - Donna Burfield


Donna Burfield is a licensed and accredited coach and the founder of Joy and Purpose Coaching, Coaches Supporting Coaches - Dubai, and CSC Certified Coaches Group. She helps working parents to prioritize their family's well-being, strengthen their parenting skills, and set boundaries using easy and effective tools. Donna also supports a coaching community to collaborate, inspire, and develop professionally. She connects coaches with experts to build ethical and professional coaching businesses, including legal, business licenses, insurance, and website building.



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