I’m well aware however, there are so many/far too many people in this world, that have less of a supportive network, some with no support whatsoever.
Reports have shown that, across the course of a year, 800,000 people take their own lives.
How many of those 800,000 had support?
Right now, someone you know or love could be at the very depths of a depression. They may see no way out, and think the only way to end the issues they face, is by ending their life.
There is a myth I so often hear spoken about when people discuss suicide. That’s that if someone says they’re going to harm themselves or are thinking of doing so, they won’t do it.
This is untrue.
You must take all threats of suicide seriously. Past victims of suicide have been known to have shared their feelings with someone prior to their death.
If someone you know has discussed ideas such as this, please try and get them help before they follow through with them.
Please don’t feel like these people are past the point of being able to be helped. They need support, and just one person talking, and telling them they understand, could be the only thing they need to stop what they’re doing.
Other ways you can help.
Don’t judge. People need support, not judgement.
Encourage them to seek professional help. Ask them how they feel about getting professional help. Explain to them how it may be beneficial to them to speak with someone.
Offer your help. Although you can’t aid them professionally, you can offer to help book appointments for them, to attend said appointments with them for moral support, and to search for the professionals they need.
Speak with them about positive things. Remind them of the good things that have happened/are happening in their life. Help them write a list of all the positive people they know, and all the positive memories they remember.
Look out for warning signs. This is very important. Although some people can hide their feelings very well, some don’t keep everything to themselves as much. Sometimes a suicide attempt can happen very quickly, but sometimes the person will show signs of suicidal thoughts prior to an incident. These can include;
- A stressful event happening currently or that has happened recently in their life.
- Shameful feelings
- A bereavement.
- Being alone or isolated.
- Low or loss of self esteem.
- Giving away possessions as though there’ll be no need for them.
- Insomnia, sleep issues, especially if waking very early.
- Visiting suicide related websites online.
- Not caring what they look like, hygiene etc.
- Feeling useless, asking questions such as “what’s the point?!”
- Speaking about ending their life.
- A change of behaviour. Some tendencies can include a sudden calmness, which suggests the person has made their decision and is at peace with it.
If you’re reading this and you can see attributes you think are similar to your own, please don’t delay, get help as soon as possible.
Please find someone to talk to, it doesn’t have to be a professional, just someone you trust to understand your feelings and that you need their help.
No one deserves to feel alone and like their life is worthless.
*information was taken from the Mind charity website.
Please click here for advice from the Samaritans.
Find out more about World Suicide Prevetion Day here.