Suicidal ideation support group?
October 15, 2013 11:31 AM Subscribe
Do you think starting a suicidal ideation support group (in the flesh, not chat groups or hotline numbers) would be helpful or detrimental?
posted by mingo_clambake to human relations (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Suicidal ideation has a lot of stigma attached to it. I've struggled with it my whole life pretty much, and the shame I feel for having those thoughts just strengthens them and makes me feel more depressed and hopeless. I've also personally been trying to get sober (booze is my drug of choice) and have been going to AA meetings everyday recently. I'm still skeptical of it all, especially the rhetoric involved (as an agnostic), but just meeting in a room with people who have experienced some of what you have experienced and talking openly and anonymously is helpful in itself. Does such a thing exist anywhere for suicidal thoughts? I've searched, and I've only found support groups for people who have lost someone from suicide.
I've known many people who have made plans and even attempts, but were unable to be honest with their family/friends/therapist/whatever because of the stigma. I know something like this might come with a huge liability, but to put it into perspective, chronic alcoholics are basically killing themselves without much fear of being forcibly hospitalized. Suicide hotlines and whatnot I'm sure can be helpful for some, but I think sitting down with other people who have thought the same thoughts you have and being open and honest about it might be helpful. Am I totally off base here? Everyone has their own reasons for thinking about killing themselves, just like everybody has their own reasons for drinking, or shooting up, or whatever.
If you do think this would be a helpful thing, I am welcome to any advice about how it should be set up, or any other ideas about how it could be helpful rather than potentially detrimental.