Warning: Signs Your Loved One May be Suicidal

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This article discusses matter of suicide. If you are seriously considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. Your life matters. Call now.

People are experiencing depression more than ever before, and this draws concern to our neighbors, friends, and loved ones. Depression can be hidden, as many people do not seek out help or rely on their close friends and family to help them through troubling times. Feelings of doubt, hopelessness, unworthiness, guilt, and self-hatred means that our loved ones may be suffering without us knowing. As scary as this sounds, it’s important to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts so that we can try to save our loved ones before it’s too late. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the following are signs your loved one may need help immediately:

If your loved one is talking about:

  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason to live
  • Ending their life

If your loved one is doing any of the following:

  • Increasing their use of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Looking for ways to take their life such as internet research on modalities and/or materials
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from close friends and family
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression

If your loved one’s mood consists of:

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety

Recognizing these early warning signs of suicidal thoughts and behavior could mean saving your loved one’s life. Most people who are suicidal do not think there is anyone out there who can possibly understand, care about, or help them. When this happens, they often view themselves as being “better off” gone. By recognizing these signs, you can reach out to your loved one to offer love, support, and guidance. Speaking with your loved one about attending treatment could also be extremely beneficial for them to gain techniques to cope with life’s stressors.






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