According to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

Do you know the difference between suicidal ideations and attempts?

– Suicide is the act of taking your own life by self-inflicted injury.

– Suicide attempts is non-fatal, self-inflicted injury where the intent was to die as a result.
– Suicidal ideations are thoughts of wanting to end your own life, and some cases planning.

🗣 Myth: Asking a loved one about suicide makes them to want end their life.

🗣 Fact: It’s OKAY to ask a loved one:

– “Do you ever have thoughts of harming yourself?”
– “Have you ever tried to actively end your life?”
– “Is there/do you have a plan in place?”

What are the risk factors and signs?

  • Pay attention to behavior changes. Sudden loss of interest in activities that they used to enjoy, rage, drastic changes in mood, and even exhibiting dangerous patterns such as increased substance abuse. Isolation, obvious searches on how to end their life, and giving away personal possessions are also signs.
  • Observe external factors such as stress, life changes, economic problems, relational challenges, or loss as these can all impact a person’s decision to end their life. Be careful to not label it as “seeking attention” as that is a dangerous way to generalize suicidal behavior.
  • Listen to what they say. If they actively talk about taking their life, or make statements such as ‘the world would be better off without me’, ‘what’s the point of being here?’, “There is nowhere else to go from here”. “I don’t want to be here anymore.”

These are just a few warning signs that can also be situational. If you or a loved one has thoughts of suicide or harming themselves and/or others, please seek professional mental health help.

 

Read more here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

https://www.suicidology.org/Portals/14/docs/Resources/FactSheets/UnderstandingHelpingSuicidalIndividual.pdf

 

The information shared here is for educational purposes only and does not take the place of professional/medical opinion. If you or someone you know is in danger of hurting themselves, please dial 911.

 

Gabrielle Morton

Mental Health Intern