Suicide has long been a massive problem for the United States, with rates rising since the nineties. In 2016, Suicide was the second leading cause of death for Americans aged 10-34. The rates are only growing higher with time.
However, there are actions we can take. Now more than ever, it is important for everyone to learn the suicidal signs displayed when one has decided to take their life.
Suicide is a major potential consequence for many mental illnesses, including major depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Fortunately, there can be physical signs that someone has decided to take their life:
- Problems with sleeping (either sleeping too much or too little)
- Engaging in self-destructive behavior, such as unsafe sex, or reckless driving
- Increased drug or alcohol consumption
If you notice someone actively making preparations to take their life, such as buying means to do so or giving away personal possessions, get help immediately.
Many times, suicidal signs manifest as changes in behavior rather than in a physical manner. These changes can be subtle or drastic. Here are some of the most common behavioral signs:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Sudden calmness or lack of interest
- Loss of interest in activities that once brought enjoyment
- Changes in personality
- Mood swings or unexpected rage
- Isolating themselves
Find Help in San Antonio
If you notice signs that someone is considering taking their own life, it is important to get help. One of the ways that you can do this is to contact San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital today at 210/541-5350 for a NO COST ASSESSMENT.
San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is an acute psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facility that utilizes an evidence-based approach to care. We take referrals of all kinds, including self-referrals. Call today to schedule a NO COST assessment with one of experience clinical staff.