Warning signs of suicide
Suicide does not have one single cause. Certain factors like stress & untreated depression can lead to higher risk of suicide just as having a robust social circle can help protect you from suicide.
Warning signs are indicators that a person may be in acute danger and may urgently need help.
*talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself;
*looking for a way to kill oneself;
*talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose;
*talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain;
*talking about being a burden to others;
*increasing the use of alcohol or drugs;
*acting anxious, agitated, or reckless;
*sleeping too little or too much;
*withdrawing or feeling isolated;
*showing rage or talking about seeking revenge; and
*displaying extreme mood swings.
Risk factors do not cause or predict a suicide, rather they are things that make it more likely an individual will consider, attempt or die by suicide.
**mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
*alcohol and other substance use disorders
*hopelessness, impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
*history of trauma or abuse
*major physical or chronic illnesses
*previous suicide attempt
*family history of suicide
*recent job or financial loss
*recent loss of relationship
*easy access to lethal means
*local clusters of suicide
*lack of social support and sense of isolation
*stigma associated with asking for help
*lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
*cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
*exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and internet)
Protective factors are characteristics that make a person less likely to engage in suicidal behavior
. Moreover, protective factors can promote resilience and ensure connectedness with others during difficult times, thereby making suicidal behaviors less likely.
*effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance use disorders
*easy access to a variety of clinical interventions
*restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide
*strong connections to family and community support
*support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
*skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and handling problems in a non-violent way
*cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation
Suicide is not a solution to any problem. Let's talk. Do not hesitate. We can prevent suicide.
We can prevent suicide by timely helping a person in need.
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