Suicide prevention

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A person who is suicidal, even if he wants to be helped, he find it difficult to seek support from others. Most people who commit suicide do not want death itself but simply no longer suffering.

Suicide prevention starts with recognizing and giving necessary warning signs importance. When a person considers that a friend or family member might commit suicide, can interfere afraid to talk about it, but talk openly about thoughts and feelings about suicide can save a life.

It is essential to seek professional help as soon as possible! When an individual shows that he understands, supports and encourages the other, suicide could be avoided.


1. Overview
2. Understanding and preventing suicide
3. Warning signs
4. Importance of communication
5. Misconceptions about suicide
6. Help and support

Understanding and preventing suicide

It is estimated that worldwide, approximately 1 million people commit suicide every year. What cause so many people to give up their lives? It is difficult to understand which would be the reasons, especially for those who do not suffer from depression and other related disorders.

Suicide people suffer so much that they can’t find another option that might ease the pain. Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape from suffering that has become unbearable. Blinded by feelings of hatred, hopelessness and isolation, these people can’t find any other alternative for their situation than death. Although Suicide people want to find an alternative to suicide, they can’t find any other solution.

Warning signs

Most people who think of suicide show some signs of their intentions. The best way that can be prevented suicide is to recognize the warning signs and take appropriate measures in this direction.

If an individual believes that a friend or family member has suicidal intentions, may play a role in preventing suicide, offering alternatives, supporting and trying to convince the person with suicidal thoughts to turn to a professional who can help.

Major warning signals include scenarios about suicide or harming, talking or writing about death and interest in things that could be used in a suicide attempt (weapons, drugs).

These signals can be even more dangerous if the person manifests mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder from alcohol dependence, previously attempted suicide or has a family history of suicide.

Another clue is the lack of hope. Studies have found that hopelessness is a strong predictor, of suicide. People who have not exhibit feelings of unbearable hope, see the future in dark colors and are pessimistic.

Other warning signs that indicate predisposition to suicide are sudden mood changes or sudden personality changes, but also the loss of interest in daily activities, neglect of personal appearance and changes in eating or sleeping habits.

Importance of communication

If a person detects warnings about possible suicidal act, might be reluctant to talk about this subject with the person concerned, thinking that might be misinterpreted signals or that the person may be very angry.

In such situations, these feelings of doubt and fear are normal but bear in mind that anyone who talks about suicide or give warning beeps, needs help and is the help comes faster, the chances of prevention the suicide are higher.

Misconceptions about suicide

FALSE: People who talk about suicide will not commit suicide.
Almost all those who commit or attempt suicide have given clues or warning signs. Do not ignore suicide threats. Statements like “you will be sorry when I am gone” or “I can’t find any way out of this situation”, regardless of the seriousness of what happened, could raise serious questions.

FALSE: If a person is determined to kill himself, nothing can stop her.
Even the person who suffers from severe depression have ambivalent feelings about death and boggle until the last moment between dying and living. Most of suicidal do not want death just want the pain to stop. Impulse of suicide, even if is overwhelming, does not mean it can’t be influenced.

FALSE: People who commit suicide are people who do not want to be helped.
Studies have shown that more than half of those who committed suicide were requested medical help during the six months preceding their death.

FALSE: When someone talks about suicide may give others ideas about this.
The truth is the opposite, to talk openly about suicide is one of the useful things that can be done for a person who wants to commit suicide.

Help and support

If you suspect or know someone who has suicidal thoughts, the best way for you to help is to be empathetic, and to provide some support. Show them that it is not alone and that you care about his feelings.

However, do not take responsibility to make them feel better. You can offer him support, but you can’t do more. It is important that the person with these problems to decide to engage in a rehabilitation program.

It is also important that the person who makes suicide plans to be convinced to seek professional help. Call for a free phone line where they can offer advice and recommendations; discussion with a psychiatrist or psychologist could help solve the problem.

Treatment and follow – If your doctor prescribes medication, the relatives and friends must ensure that the person with suicidal thoughts to follow the treatment exactly. Be aware of possible side effects and tell your doctor if the condition worsens the suicidal thoughts. It takes time and perseverance to find the right medication or therapy for a particular person.

Encouraging positive lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, walk outdoors for at least 30 minutes a day, are extremely important to release endorphins, relieve stress and a general feeling of well.



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