Suicide—The Practical Side
One person dies every 40 seconds by suicide (www.who.int). Suicide is a word we do not often hear or talk about, yet it is happening every day. In recent years the deaths of celebrities like Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and Robin Williams have brought awareness to this topic. And yet, it remains a subject few discuss. Even those that survive the loss of the ones they love to suicide often do not speak out about what they are thinking, feeling and experiencing in the days, weeks and months following their loss. In general, suicide is a topic no one likes to talk about.
However, it is my hope that the more we understand not only suicide, but mental health issues in general, the fewer people who will die and/or suffer alone. Here are some things to know about suicide:
- Almost every person who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning that they are considering doing so. If you hear a friend or loved one say, “I feel hopeless” or “I don’t know if I will make it”, take them seriously.
- Talking about suicide will not make someone suicidal. If you are concerned someone may be suicidal have an open and honest conversation with them about it.
- Interventions matter. Some people believe that if a person is determined to kill themselves nothing will stop them. This simply is not true. Impulses, moods and feelings fluctuate. Intervening before someone harms themselves is possible and critical.
If you suspect a friend or loved one may be considering suicide, do not hesitate to intervene. Talk to them openly and honestly about their feelings and ask them if they have considered suicide in the past or at present. If you believe they are actively suicidal, seek immediate assistance. Dial The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, take them to the nearest emergency room for an evaluation or call 911.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or any other mental health issue, we are here to help. Please contact Life Enhancement Counseling Services today at 407-443-8862 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced mental health counselors.