Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The important thing to remember is that help is available. Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should be immediately referred to a health care provider who can evaluate their condition and provide treatment.
Sometimes, a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide…
- Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling like there is no reason to live
- Rage or anger
- Engaging in risky activities without thinking
- Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Giving away possessions
The following signs require immediate attention:
- Thinking about hurting or killing oneself
- Looking for ways to kill oneself
- Talking about death, dying or suicide
- Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
70% of people who are suicidal show warning signs.
Ways to help someone who is threatening suicide:
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide
- Be willing to listen. Allow expression of feelings. Accept the feelings
- Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad
- Don’t lecture on the value of life
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support
- Don’t dare him or her to do it
- Don’t act shocked. This will make them more distant
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support
- Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance
- Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills
If you are considering suicide, consider these important facts…
- Suicidal thinking is usually associated with problems that can be treated.
- If you are unable to think of solutions other than suicide, it is not that solutions don’t exist, only that you are currently unable to see them.
- Suicidal crises are almost always temporary.
- Problems are seldom as great as they appear at first glance.
- Reasons for living can help sustain a person in pain.