7 Signs To Recognize If Somebody You Know Is Suicidal

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 16, 2018
Quick Bites

  • According to WHO, nearly 8,00,000 people die due to suicide every year
  • One of the major causes of suicide is depression
  • People suffering from depression might mention suicide quite often, do not ignore them

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 8,00,000 people die due to suicide every year. One of the major causes of suicide is depression. Suicide is not something you chose but something which happens when you are not able to cope with the pain. Whosoever you think is suicidal, help them without judging them. They need your support, not your aversion. 

But you can help them only when you are aware of the risk factors yourself. To save your loved ones, read on to know warning signs to recognise if a person is suicidal. 

Warning Signs of Suicide 

  • Sleeping problems
  • Feeling a deep sense of hopelessness about the future
  • Mood swings and unexpected rage
  • Suddenly becoming calm after a period of depression
  • Avoiding all social activities and avoiding friends, including a loss of interest in day-to-day activities
  • Behaving dangerously, such as excessive use of drugs, reckless driving etc
  • A major life crisis including the death of a loved one, a bad relationship, major illness, serious financial problems, etc
  • Giving away their belongings as a token of appreciation, friendship and love
  • Mentioning that they will end their life or threaten to commit suicide. Do not take their threats lightly or ignore the warnings
  • Significant change in the person's weight 
  • Speaking or moving with unusual speed
  • Loss of energy or fatigue
  • Losing the ability to concentrate
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

How can you help someone who is suicidal? 

It can be distressing if someone you know is suicidal. After recognising the signs, you can help them by: 

  • encouraging them to talk about their feelings
  • encouraging them to seek professional help
  • offering emotional and mental support 
  • helping them to think of ideas to help themselves 
  • offering them care and handling them with compassion
  • not leaving them alone to deal with their problems 

Common mistakes 

Sometimes there are misconceptions people have about suicides. Some of them include: 

  • People who talk about suicide won't do it
  • People who think about suicide are crazy are helpless
  • If someone is thinking of suicide, there is nothing you can do to stop him/her
  • People who are suicidal are not seeking help
  • Talking about the subject will only instigate them to commit it 
  • Someone suicidal will commit suicide no matter how much you tell them otherwise 
  • If her/his family member has committed suicide, then you cant help them 
  • She/he must be suffering a mental disorder 
  • Asking about it will precipitate the thought further

People suffering from depression might mention suicide quite often, do not ignore them. Generally, people who are suffering from depression don't just decide in a couple of days, these thoughts build up in the mind. 

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