It refers to taking one’s own life. People could utilize it as a way to get away from suffering or agony. We refer to someone as having “died by suicide” when they take their own life. A “suicide attempt” is a suicide attempt that did not result in death. In other words, Suicide is defined as an intentional act of self-harm with the purpose of ending one’s life.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 700,000 individuals die by suicide each year. Among people aged 15 to 29, suicide ranks as the fourth most common cause of death. Low- and middle-income nations account for 77% of all suicides worldwide.
What are the risks that a person might commit suicide?
There are at least a few common traits to be mindful of, even though you might not be able to predict what might lead a friend or loved one to attempt suicide. Psychiatric disorders, particularly depression, alcoholism disorders, and other related ones are linked to suicide.
- Previous suicide attempts
- Suicide in the family’s past history
- Substance abuse
- Has a psychological health disorder, (such as depression and mood disorders, schizophrenia)
- Has long-term pain or a fatal or disabling illness
- Losses and other events (for example, academic failures, and financial difficulties,)
- Abuse or trauma history
- Has impulsive or violent behavior
- Exposure to other people’s suicidal attempt
- Relationship difficulties
- Is hesitant to seek help for psychological health issues
- Lacks access to healthcare, particularly mental health services
- Holds a cultural or religious belief that considering death as an honorable solution to a personal problem
- Has been aware of an increase in suicide deaths by social media
What are a few of the most prevalent suicide warning signs?
Threatening suicide or talking about wanting to die: Not everyone who has suicidal thoughts will express their intentions, and not everyone who makes a threat of suicide will actually act on it. However, it is important to take any suicide threats seriously.
Expressing feelings of being hopeless, helpless, or worthless: Depression can cause a person to feel useless or as though their life has no purpose. Additionally, they could think that they are a burden and that their family or the world would be better off without them.
Withdrawal from other people: The individual chooses isolation over friendship or social interactions. Additionally, individuals stop finding enjoyment or interest in activities they formerly loved.
Experiencing recent trauma or life crisis: A loved one passing away, cybersecurity threats, hacking, kidnapping, a relationship ending or getting divorced, being told you have a serious illness, or having significant financial difficulties are a few examples of crises.
Being depressed or disturbed: The person is depressed and agitated all the time. Depression is a substantial risk factor for suicide.
Changes in personality: The person’s attitude or behavior changes, such as speaking or moving at an unusually fast or slow pace. Additionally, people suddenly stop caring as much about how they look. They sleep significantly more or significantly less than is customary for that person.
Making preparations: The person starts to arrange their personal affairs. This could entail paying visits to friends and family members, donating personal items, creating a will, and decluttering their space. The person frequently looks for ways to kill themselves.
Can suicide be prevented?
Suicide can frequently be avoided. You can help stop suicide by taking the following actions:
- Learn the risk factors for suicide
- Watch out for indications of depression and other mental health issues
- Recognize the warning symptoms of suicide
- Give caring support
- Ask the person directly if they have ever thought about hurting themselves
- Keep them protected like limit access to dangerous objects or places
- Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by phone or text
- Stay connected. After a crisis, follow up and keep in touch
- Show your understanding of their severe issue. Never advise someone to “cheer up” or “get themselves together”
What if a loved one commits suicide?
A loved one’s suicide loss can be heartbreaking. You might question if there was anything more you could have done for them. Maybe you don’t know why it happened. You can experience guilt and rage. The fact that suicide is not your fault should be understood. The decision to end one’s life is influenced by a variety of factors.
- Talk with your family and friends
- Find a support network. Speaking with others who have experienced suicide loss of a loved one may be beneficial
- Keep in mind that healing takes time. You are free to take as much time as necessary
- Allow everyone to share their feelings
- Honor your loved one’s life in a way that means something to you
What is it that makes talking about suicide stigmatized and taboo?
Because of the stigma, especially when it comes to psychological disorders and suicide, many people who are considering suicide or who have made an attempt on their own do not ask for help, and as a result, they do not receive the necessary care. Due to a lack of awareness of suicide as a serious public health issue and the stigma of discussing it openly in many communities, the prevention of suicide has not received appropriate attention. According to the world health organization, only 38 nations now report having a national suicide prevention strategy, and only a few nations place suicide prevention on their list of health priorities. For nations to succeed in suicide prevention, community awareness-raising and breaking down the taboo are essential.
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