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Ep 21 Suicidal Thoughts Through an IFS Lens



1 in 6 people have serious suicidal thoughts in Australia, with the “lifetime prevalence of suicidal thoughts ranging from 64% among cisgender men to 90% among non-binary participants and 91% among trans men.” (AIHW, 2023). Suicidal thoughts often cause a lot of distress to your inner system. Through the IFS (Internal Family Systems) lens, this is called a ‘suicidal part’.

In this episode, we cover;

  • What IFS therapy is
  • How suicidal parts form
  • The two different types of suicidal parts
  • How suicidal parts are often hated by other parts
  • How suicidal parts are trying to help
  • Mistakes many therapists make when contracting with suicidal clients
  • How to work with a suicidal part



Here’s a podcast explaining IFS - Ep 5 What is IFS Therapy?


This episode helps you to identify the Self in IFS therapy - Ep 07 The Central Role of the ‘Self’ in IFS Therapy.

A powerful book on IFS, by the creator of IFS, Richard Schwartz Ph.D. is called “No Bad Parts”:

Podcast - in this podcast Tim Ferris interviews the creator of IFS, Richard Schwartz Ph.D.


Some of the statistics for this podcast came from the Australian Government.

Psychology Today has an extensive list of verified therapists in your area.

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