7 Ways To Recognize The Warning Signs Of Suicide: In about every 13 minutes, a person commits suicide in the United States. However, suicide can be prevented. Before committing suicide, people usually show some signs of suicidal tendencies.
This article is just to help you recognize the person before he/she can take a wrong step. Usually, people who plan to commit suicide shows some specific patterns. So, if you know someone who is showing some of these patterns then make sure to talk the person and not leave him/her alone.
Here are some of the warning signs of suicide:
1) Unexpected behavior changes
Unexpected behavior changes like stop practicing some hobbies that the person liked the most, stopped caring about the appearance. Not giving priority to foods, change in overall attitude.
2) Mood Swings
One of the warning signs to notice is the drastic mood swings like intense sadness, the victim might feel the emptiness. Mood swings also include showing anger in small things or irritability. The victim is showing guilt or shame for something.
Almost 100% of people who committed suicide faced some mental problem – most of them are because of depression. Those who are suffering from depression or other disorder should receive more attention.
4) Black and White
15 percent of the critically depressed commits suicide, but severe depression still remains the dominant cause of suicide. Therefore, one must be alert when one shows zero interest in life or in others. For the depressed, the world is no longer colorful, it is black and white.
5) Acknowledge the verbal warnings
There are some points that may intimate that a person may be facing this type of problem and preparing to commit suicide. If you know someone who suddenly starts talking about death, stay tuned. The phrases below also include some verbal clues.
- “Life is not worth it” or “Nothing else matters.”
- “I will not be hurt anymore because I will not be here anymore.”
- “They’ll miss me when I’m gone” or “You’ll feel bad when I’m gone.”
- “I can not handle the pain” or “I can not manage it all – life is very hard.”
- “I’m so alone I wanted to die.”
- “You / my family / my friends / my girlfriend would be better off without me.”
- “Next time I’ll take enough medicine to get the job done right.”
- “Do not worry, I will not be around to see that.”
- “I will not disturb you for long.”
- “Nobody understands me – nobody feels the way I feel.”
- “I feel like there’s no way out” or “There’s nothing I can do to improve this.”
- “I’d be better off dead” or “I wish I was not born.”
6) Sudden Happiness
member that the greatest potential for suicide is not necessarily when the person is at the bottom of the pit, but when it seems to be improving.
A sudden improvement in mood may indicate that the person has accepted the decision to end his or her life and may even have a plan for it.
Therefore, if a depressed or suicidal person seems suddenly happier, take preventive measures immediately.
7) Look for the person’s background and current circumstances
Bad incidence like the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a serious illness, bullying and other events can act as triggers for suicide. A history of physical or sexual abuse also increases the chances of suicide attempts.
What To Do?
The ideal way to prevent anyone from committing suicide is to talk with the person and not leave him/her alone. When talking, try not to talk too much and listen more, since often the person only needs to be heard. You should not waste time and seek expert help immediately. Even if you do not have immediate access to a specialist, get help from any health professional: psychiatrist, doctor, therapist, counselor etc.