Suicide or suicidal behavior, as tragic as it sounds, takes its toll on many lives, not just one. When someone takes their own life, their loved ones go through a terrifying ordeal which is hard to deal with. It is only after they fully accept their losses are they able to get over it. And what’s staggering to know is that nearly 47,000 Americans take their life each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Seeing these statistics, no surprise it is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. However, suicide can be prevented; you just need to be aware of its warning signs and who are at its risk.
Today, we are going to see a few warning signs that show suicidal behavior. And if you see one or more of these signs in your loved one, support and guide them to seek help such as trauma therapy, which will help them better deal with whatever is causing negative feelings in them. Call for help if you see your loved one:
- Talking about feeling hopeless, empty, trapped, or alone
- Telling that they want to die or get an urge to diet
- Telling that they have no reason to live
- Giving you their beloved personal possessions or making a will
- Looking for ways to damage themselves such as buying a knife or gun, or rope
- Oversleeping or sleeping inadequately
- Binge eating or eating too little, causing drastic change in weight
- Engaging in reckless behaviors, including excessive alcohol or drug consumption
- Withdrawing from social interactions with everyone
- Showing rage or planning to take revenge
- Feeling anxious or agitated
- Bidding loved one’s goodbyes
What to do if someone shows suicidal behavior?
If you know the warning signs of suicidal behavior, you can help save people from taking their life. If someone near you shows these signs, call 911 and get immediate help. If they resist having such thoughts or asking you to go away, it’s important not to leave them alone until the help arrives. You can also talk to them about what’s going on in their head or what has happened that shattered their will to live. The best course of action to help them deal with their situation is to seek professional help, specifically from trauma therapists.
Suicidal warning signs should not be overlooked at any cost, no matter how insignificant they may seem in the first place. Your awareness to observe these signs can help someone near you from missing out on a beautiful that has been given to us.
If someone near you is exhibiting the warning signs of suicidal behavior, get in touch with me. I offer trauma therapy to help people deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and any negative thoughts arising from past experiences.