Losing someone to suicide is heart-breaking. Suicide is not a mental health disease but usually a symptom of one such as depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and many others.
Suicide is entirely preventable with the right care, support and diagnosis. No single event or cause needs to be the trigger for suicide, but there are certain symptoms and signs that you can watch out for to prevent suicide.
Suicide Warning Signs
Often, a sign of suicide can be hopelessness. This can include phrases like “No one will ever understand how sad I feel” or “I will never find love again.” It can also pertain to lack of certainty and sadness toward the future or future plans.
Preparing for the Worst
Preparing for the worst can be an indication of suicide. This means the person may be preparing their will or selling their belongings at what may seem like an odd time in their life. Keep an eye out for behaviors like this.
Living on the edge or doing “daredevil” activities could be a sign as well. Often, the person could joke about jumping off a bridge without a bungee cord or turning into traffic. This is a huge sign the person may be mentally unstable and may need help.
As always, it is good to care closely for someone who has recently experienced trauma. Trauma can trigger a lot of emotions and can sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts. If you have a friend or family member who recently experienced a traumatic experience, try to check in on them frequently.
Withdrawal is a huge symptom of suicide. It means the person stops communicating with their friends and family or simply goes off the grid for a period of time. It is likely that someone withdrawing may be experiencing depression that could lead to suicide. Try to reach out to anyone who seems like they may be withdrawing to ensure they feel supported and loved.
Depression Or Excessive Sadness
Sadness or depression are definitely symptoms to watch. Extreme depression can cause feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, sadness and may be a sign of suicide. Try to be there for the person through their sadness and talk with them through their problems. You can also recommend seeing a therapist or doctor.
Sometimes, extreme substance abuse can be an indication of a bigger problem. Often, depression can be a catalyst for substance abuse and the two partnered together can indicate larger problems. Advise loved ones to get help if they struggle with substance abuse.
And Much More…
Anything from historical factors like a family history of suicide to prolonged stress factors like bullying can be a sign that suicide may be considered or acted upon. Even aggression or oversleeping can indicate a larger problem. More obvious signs could be calling loved ones and saying goodbye or threatening to commit suicide.
What To Do If You Think Someone Is Suicidal
It is said that people with a good support system of friends and family in addition to mental care services have a less likely chance to commit suicide. So, support your friends and family to the best of your ability.
Also, ask for help from others and seek professional help. Remember to take anyone who threatens suicide seriously—it could save their life! Try not to leave the person alone and remove any potentially dangerous objects (such as guns, knives or drugs) from their reach.
If You Or Someone Close To You Needs Immediate Help
Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.
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