September 10th 2014 is World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. Know the Warning Signs and Get Help
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September 10th 2014 is World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. Know the Warning Signs and Get Help

At some point in our lives each one of us does get sad or depressed. What is important though is how react to these thingsLife can be tough and even unfair at times. I don’t really have an answer as to why certain things happen but I do know that these are usually the moments in life where the potential for personal growth is the greatest.

Most people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide. Too often, victims are blamed and their families and friends are left stigmatized. As a result, people do not communicate openly about suicide Several factors can put a person at risk for suicide. However, having these risk factors does not always mean that suicide will occur.

 Some of the risk factors researchers identified include:

  • History of previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • History of depression or other mental illness
  • History of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Stressful life event or loss
  • Easy access to lethal methods
  • Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others

 A common suicide warning sign is the change in personality and behavior. Often suicidal individuals have problems concentrating on what we may think are the simple things. They become sad and withdrawn, anxious, tired, or just don't seem to care about things. They are indecisive and often irritable. The person may even develop drug habits. Agitation and hyperactivity are also warning signs, as is acting recklessly.

 Warning signs  of suicide include

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible. Since suicidal behaviors are often quite impulsive, removing guns, medications, knives, and other instruments people often use to kill themselves from the immediate environment can allow the individual time to think more clearly and perhaps choose a more rational way of coping with their pain

 There are biological and psychological treatments that can help address the underlying health issues that put people at risk for suicide.Those who treat people who attempt suicide tend to adapt immediate treatment to the person's individual needs.




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