We are living in a world of mental health crises where every other person is going through some mental issue, even going to the extent of having suicidal thoughts.
People consider committing suicide when they think that the only way to end their misery is by taking their life.
A person having suicidal thoughts indicates that they need immediate help. Learning about suicidal warning signs will allow you to help yourself or save someone’s life.
The European mental health care company, Compass Pathways work on evidence-based therapies by collaborating with health innovators and developing relevant and accessible care models to help patients struggling with mental health problems and having suicidal thoughts.
Warning signs of suicide
Look for these signs if a person is having thoughts to end their life.
- Feeling sadness, gloominess, grief, or shame
- Talking about committing suicide
- Looking for means to finish their life like buying a weapon, stocking pills, or doing online research
- Experiencing mood swings, feeling emotionally high at times and completely discouraged the next moment
- Getting away from social contacts
- Feel like staying alone
- Feeling hopeless, worthless, or trapped in a situation
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Alterations in eating habits or sleep patterns
- Looking for ways of self-destruction like rash driving or using drugs
- Changes in personality with either getting very severe anxiety or agitation issues
However, everybody does not exhibit these warning signs when they are thinking of committing suicide. Talking to the person is the best way to understand whether the person is thinking of ending their life.
Scenarios that may lead to suicidal thoughts
Suicidal thoughts often emerge when people are in an overwhelming critical situation and have lost hope for the future. Many circumstances may lead to suicidal thoughts.
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- Losing a loved one.
- Breaking up of a relationship.
- Getting bullied or abused
- Major changes in life like divorce, unemployment, or homelessness.
- Diagnosed with a fatal disease.
- Financial problems.
- Going through a traumatic event.
- Cultural practices like getting married forcefully.
- Not being accepted due to one’s sexual or gender identity.
Preventing suicidal thoughts
It is very important to listen to the person having suicidal thoughts without any judgement, which is known as active listening.
- Listen to the person intently without any distractions.
- Ask them questions about how have they been feeling, or if they are having suicidal thoughts.
- Give them time to express what they want to say.
- Repeat things back to show you understand their feelings
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- Get the right treatment for mental health issues like depression or any underlying problems to make you feel better and help you keep safe
- Remain connected with your friends and familywhom you can trust and talk to them
- Join support and community groups for help to get rid of suicidal thoughts
Having thoughts to end your life and attempting to do so can take an emotional toll on you. Most attempted suicides are impulsive actions that can badly injure you causing permanent brain damage or organ failure.
Hence, the right treatment can help you regain your confidence and make your life better.