Are you aware of the warning signs of suicide? Keep reading this article to know about those signs that can save anybody’s life.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) endorse World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) annually on September 10th.
Suicide is one of the major problems that is growing all around the world. More than 42,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States. But before any suicide, there are warning signs that are noticeable in the person’s behavior. And that is the time you need to take action to save that person’s life.
Suicidal thoughts and behavior never appear suddenly. It is followed by countless factors which can be economic, social, personal, physical, or mental. And suicide never discriminates. But people who suffer from major, yet treatable mental disorders such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), schizophrenia, etc. are more likely to attempt suicide. Males are more likely to suicide in comparison to females.
Even though you can’t figure out 100% which person is likely to attempt suicide but there are some warning signs that a person gives before attempting suicide. If you know these signs, you can help stop him/her from hurting themselves or help them before they think of attempting suicide.
Suicidal behavior warning signs
These are the signs that you can notice in the person who tries to attempt suicide in the near future:
- Look sad all the time: Have a serious look on their face all the time. Always look sad and alone. They can also show unexpected rage at times and sudden mood swings. For instance, a person who used to be angry and aggressive suddenly becomes peaceful or stays calm and happy all the time.
- Lives in isolation: Most people like to be isolated before attempting suicide. They do this to avoid being judged by others or in fear that people are never able to understand them. They always stay lonely at home, the office, and at school. They even start avoiding their friends and family members.
- Talks about suicide: Most people start talking about suicide. They look hopeless when they talk. You can hear them saying something like this: “I am a burden on my family,” “I should never have been born’, “life of people will be easy if I am not around,” etc. In their talks, they also can share about their faults and mistakes they have made.
- Hopeless about the future: They think their life will never change. The situation will always stay the same, or if they die, their family might be able to live happily.
- Sleep problems: People who attempt suicide live in constant fear, stress, or depression which does not allow them to sleep.
- Suffer from recent trauma or having a life crisis: Trauma of losing someone close to you or not being able to save the people you love can lead to suicide. Or life crises such as bad economic conditions lead to bad living conditions, need for immediate money for treatment of family members, etc. lead to suicide.
- Give away their things: They start giving away their important things or things they like to family members and friends. You might find them saying, “I don’t need these things anymore” or “I will not be able to use them anymore.”
If you notice any of these signs, call the suicide prevention hotline for help if these signs are new or have increased recently.
A person only chooses suicide if all the ways of getting help seem closed to him/her. But that’s never the truth. Situations change with time. So, that’s why we must notice these warning signs in people and help them before it’s too late.
Call us on 718-DORAL-55 to get a free consultation from our mental health clinic, or book your appointment at www.doralhw.org to get the best treatment for your condition.