This article/video may be very powerful and extremely disturbing for some. Suicide does not discriminate and can come upon anyone.
Depression is real and this can happen to anyone. When suicide plagues the mind, this suggest the one has reach such a depth of despair that they feel and believe that the world is better off without them. Their thinking is that life would be better without them in it.
It may seem as though one can not stop or prevent a suicide from occurring, but that is far from the truth. Talking openly about suicide and what the person is feeling helps. Keeping them away from Lethal means of talking their lives such as guns, decreases the likelihood of this happening, and properly assessing individuals for mental illness is another huge factor in preventing suicide. Most people who have committed suicide has seen a doctor at least once in the same year if talking their own lives, but was never diagnosed for a mental illness.
Don’t be afraid to ask the questions and look for the warning signs. These signs can include:
1. Feelings of despair or hopelessness
2. Unable to sleep or insomnia
3. Increased feeling of fear with panic attacks
4. No friends, keeping to oneself, and social isolation
5. Feeling angry
6. Feeling irritable
7. Feeling like they are a burden to others.
Suicidal individuals want to live, but they’ve lost hope and they have an immense amount of pain that they are feeling inside. What we can do to help is let them know, it will pass. Asking about suicide has become so taboo. Talking about it openly does not put the thought of executing it in the persons mind. Let them know you are there for them and want to help and don’t leave them alone.
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I'm a licensed Clinical Social worker, license to work in the State of Pennsylvania. I have over 19 years experience working in the Mental Health Field as a Child Welfare Worker, Administrator, Consultant, Educator and Clinician. I'm dedicated and committed to the work I do which includes impacting and changing lives. In my spare time I like to write poetry, watch movies, and share my thoughts through blogging.