Conversations about suicide can be hard to have because they are charged with emotion and the stigma centered around speaking up about suicidal thoughts. However, is important to have honest and open conversations about thoughts of suicide with a loved one or a professional.
In most scenarios, those who are suffering from suicidal thoughts are experiencing problems that would pass in time if they could get the help they need. That is why knowing and recognizing the signs of suicide is very important and the first step of suicide prevention.
Warning Signs of Suicide:
- Saying goodbye and withdrawing from loved ones
- Giving away possessions
- Extreme mood swings
- Expressing they are a burden
- Losing interest in once loved activities
- Talking about death & suicide
- Feelings of hopelessness
Suicide Prevention Tips:
- Encourage seeking professional help
- Never discount their feelings
- Be patient and a good listener
- See suicide as a cry for help
- Ask about their suicidal feelings and be open to conversation
- Don’t leave them alone
Mental health emergencies should be addressed quickly with compassion and patience. Any attempts or threats of suicide should be taken seriously and professional help should be sought out as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you are not alone and suicide is not the answer. These thoughts are symptoms that can be effectively treated. Please know that we are always here to offer care and support through this delicate time.