Are you struggling with suicide?Posted on Jun 15, 2020
What is Suicide?
We used to think of suicide as the result of depression. Or maybe due to a bad life event. While it can be, medical professionals now look at it much differently. Thoughts or attempts at taking one’s own life is a preventable condition on its own called Suicidal Behavior Disorder. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5)
Learning more about this condition might help you save a loved one. Studies show that 25 percent to 30 percent of people who try suicide will try again within two years. Still, more than three times as many will not.
Who is at risk?
A suicide attempt can happen at any stage in life. The general exception is kids younger than 5. People from many cultures and economic levels try to take their own lives. Suicidal behavior disorder acts like other depressive issues in that it’s different for all.
A major worry is that an attempt can cause life-threatening issues, or new ones that need to be medically handled. Take all talk of suicide seriously.
What can be signs of Suicidal Ideation?
- Mentioning the wish to die and a plan to carry out.
- Losing interest in things a person used to like to do.
- Feeling like a burden to others.
- Changes in eating, sleeping, or amount of drinking/drug use.
- Giving away cherished belongings.
- Family history of suicide.
While there are often suicide warning signs, sometimes a person who wants to take her own life shows no signs at all.
How do I help someone in need of help?
If a friend or loved one wants to talk about ending his or her life, listen. Let them talk without judgment from you. Keep in mind:
If there is immediate danger, call 911. Let them know you care and that there is help. Stay calm and make sure you are both safe. Try not to overreact or get angry. It’s OK to ask: "Are you thinking about ending your life?" Send or call for help, together.
If he or she seems open to taking the next steps to get help, offer to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline with her: (800) 273-TALK (8255). Or go with them to talk with a professional mental health counselor, or pastor.
If the threat is made from a text or on social media, call the individual. If a threat is made over the phone, ask them where they are located. Ask if someone else is there. Keep the individual on the line until you can get help.
The good news is that Licensed, Mental Health Professionals are trained to find out if someone has suicidal behavior disorder by asking a series of questions. The answers to those questions can suggest whether someone is at risk of suicide. Suicidal ideation can be treated, just like any physical or mental health issue. Knowing the issue can help to access the right level of care at the right time.
There is hope for recovery from Suicidal Behavior Disorder. There is also hope for being part of the great number of people with suicidal thoughts who stay alive.
Screening for Mental Health: Help Yourself, Help Others
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
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