People who experience suicidal thoughts and feelings suffer from tremendous emotional pain. Individuals who have these thoughts typically are overwhelmed with the feelings of hopelessness, despair, and helplessness.People who experience suicidal thoughts and feelings suffer from tremendous emotional pain. Individuals who have these thoughts typically are overwhelmed with the feelings of hopelessness, despair, and helplessness.
Many ask: why is suicide a public and mental health issue? Why is prevention so important?
Suicide is associated with having a mental illness and/or substance use diagnosis, psychosocial trauma or conflict, recent loss, family history of suicide, and personal history of suicide attempt. Most suicides involve multiple precipitating conditions such as depression, intimate partner problems, physical health conditions, financial challenges, and legal problems. Comprehensive strategies incorporating all levels of government, healthcare providers, schools, community-based organizations, and community members can prevent suicide.
If you feel you are at risk of committing suicide or if you have a friend or family member who you feel may be at risk, look closely for the following warning signs:
Talking about wanting to die
Looking for a way to kill oneself
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious, agitated, or recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or feeling isolated
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Displaying extreme mood swings
The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.