I once had a boyfriend, who was severly depressed, and became suicidal. The act of his trying to commit suicide broke my heart, and his families. I decided to write my paper about how to help someone who is sucidal and how to spot the signs, if there are any. In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 (both sexes). Suicide attempts are up to 20 times more frequent than completed suicides.1
Everyone feels sad at some point it’s only natural. But what doctors call clinical depression is very different from just being “down in the dumps.” The main difference is that the sad or empty mood doesn’t go away after a couple of weeks, and everyday activities like sleeping, socializing or working can be affected.
Suicide is a general term encompassing all types of suicidal behavior, including thoughts about suicide, suicidal “chatter” or threats, deliberate self-harm , and suicide itself. Suicide is an intentional taking of one’s own life. It combines a wish to be dead with the action that carries out that wish. A checklist used to determine whether a death is suicide include:
(1) They initiate their death
(2)the desire to be self-destructive
(3) the loss of will to live
(4) the motivation to be dead or to die
There are some certain signs to watch for,as well, if you think that someone might be considering Suicide. They are as follow:
Deepening Depression. A depressed person, who withdrawls from friends and family, and doesnt seem to be getting any “happier”
Risk Taking or Self-Destructive Behaviors
Pre-Suicidal Statements. Direct or indirect statements about suicide, hopelessness or death, even when said in a joking or off hand manner. Sometimes individuals contemplating suicide will leave hints.
If you think that someone may be thinking about it. Don’t try to handle it all on your own, get someone who knows what they are doing, and talk to his/her family. I’ve been in this situation and I didnt take the hints seriously, and he ended up in the hospital for a week. Lucky, he survived, but they dont always survive.