Suicide overall is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24 (The Jason Foundation). Data from the National Vial Statistics System indicates that between 1999 -2014 ages from 45 to 65 years old had the highest increase in suicides. American Society for Suicide Prevention reports approximately 45,000 people die each year of suicide.
As life moves on, difficult circumstances arise that leave many in a state of despair, loneliness, and fear. These feelings often lead to suicidal thoughts if left unaddressed. Below is some helpful information on understanding suicide and ways you can take part in suicide prevention for yourself or a loved one who is going through these difficult circumstances.
People resort to suicide to because they don’t see another way to end their pain or they believe they are causing pain those they love. Experiencing unbearable pain and trauma often debilitates people’s perception and outlook on life.
As a society, we need to have open and honest conversations about suicide. It is important to know often for middle school and high students the first outcry is made to peers. With today’s technology, outcry’s may also be posted on social media. Often times there are warning signs which may not be seen by those closest to the person but others may notice. Communication is vital if we feel a person is at risk of suicide. Many mental health clinics and facilities provide resources that can help you respond and navigate issues you or a loved one might be facing.
Signs of suicidal feelings and thoughts include the following:
- Experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar disorder
- Feelings of hopelessness or feeling trapped.
- Withdrawn from friends and family.
- Extreme mood swings.
- Having nothing to live for.
- Unusual rage / anger.
- Talking or writing about death.
- Looking for ways to kill themselves: pills, guns, knives etc.)
- Posting about death on social media. They are spending more time using technology.
- Increase use of drugs or alcohol.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Seeking out items that could be used as a suicide attempt (e.g. weapons, drugs, etc.)
Seek Help and Support
If you notice yourself or someone who is exhibiting any suicidal thoughts or feelings, speak up! As much as it might be uncomfortable to bring up, the sooner you respond to a crisis, the better.
Seek professional help by calling a crisis hotline or a mental health professional who will listen and offer resources and programs that fit your criteria. Mental health is very specific when it comes down to each person, so it’s important that you find mental health treatment programs that are right for you.
If you don’t feel comfortable seeking professional help, reach out to someone you trust such as a friend, family member, or colleague, and let them know what is going on. It’s important to have a support system. Talking to people allows for a release of the emotions, the understanding that people do care, and you are not alone.
San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is here when you need us. Our professions clinical staff provide a NO COST assessment 24/7/365. Contact us today at 210.541.5350.
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