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8 Ways I Cope With Suicidal Thoughts Because of Cerebral Palsy

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Editor's Note

If you experience suicidal thoughts, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

I have struggled with having suicidal thoughts throughout my young adult and teenage years. As someone living with cerebral palsy, the feeling of having to rely on others to complete my everyday tasks, needing to use a wheelchair and living inside a body I can’t physically control has sometimes taken a toll on my mental health. This sometimes causes me to feel like I’m a burden to everyone and everything, and the thought comes to mind that I’d be better off dead.

Luckily I’ve been able to come up with coping mechanisms that help me deal with suicidal thoughts:

1. Write down your emotions.

Writing has always been my go-to when I felt suicidal in the past, and it still is now. Writing is a great way to cope with your emotions and it helps release all the negative thoughts you might have.

2. Listen to music.

Music has been another go-to whenever I felt suicidal in the past after coming back from a doctor’s appointment and not getting the best news. I grab my headphones, put the volume up and listen to MercyMe. Listening to music has helped me escape from the mindset I was in.

3. Find a hobby you enjoy doing.

When I have felt suicidal over my situation, painting allows me to be creative and not think about negative thoughts. Finding a hobby could help you overcome being suicidal.

4. Watch a comedy movie.

When I have felt suicidal in the past, I would go on Netflix and watch “Austin Powers.” It would make me laugh so hard I would forget about all the negative thoughts I had.

5. Change your surroundings.

When I was having a tough time dealing with suicidal thoughts last year, I decided to redecorate my room and change my surroundings so that I could be much better and have a fresh new start.

6. Go out with friends.

When I have felt suicidal, I would go out to the beach with friends, watch the waves on the ocean and be at peace with my mind.

7. Talk to your family.

Having a discussion with your family about how you’re feeling goes a long way, and maybe they could help you work through your emotions and get you the help you need.

8. Seek professional help.

Seeking professional help is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your mental health. You will have the chance to learn coping skills in order to handle your emotions and it will give you peace of mind.

Ultimately, dealing with cerebral palsy and suicidal thoughts can be tough, but I hope with these tips you will be able to cope with your thoughts and overcome the obstacles you’re facing.

Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

Originally published: January 2, 2020
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