Suicide prevention can saves lives
By Russ Edem 530News –
Suicide prevention is an important step in helping those suffering with suicidal thoughts, depression, loneliness and helplessness. With the right education people who suffer with these issues can learn to manage them and live a very fulfilling and meaningful life.
“Suicide prevention is very important,” said Gale Sullivan, clinical coordinator at The Center for Counseling and Consultation in Great Bend. “Suicide is a serious public health issue. It affects people of all ages, income, background and can be found in all parts of the country. It is the second leading cause of death among teenagers.”
People who feel suicidal need to know where to get immediate help, and future treatment. If someone knows someone who is suicidal, there are ways to help that person. This is where education comes in to play.
“If we can educate the public and let them know where they can get the help and support they need, this can really make a difference,” Sullivan said.
One of the myths about suicide is that by asking if they are going kill themselves will lead them to do so.
“If someone is going to kill themselves they have been thinking about it already,” Sullivan said. “Asking questions like “how are you going to kill yourself?” “Where would you do it?” and “When would you do it?” can provide information on how high of risk they really are. If the person is that serious about it they will have the means to go through with their plans. But if they say that ‘well I really don’t know how and where I would do it,’ they might not be that high of a risk. This is a way to gage how serious they are.”
According to Sullivan and the American Foundation of Suicidal Prevention, here are some causes that lead to suicide and the warning signs.
What leads to suicide?
There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition.
Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.
Suicide Warning Signs
Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.
• Being a burden to others
• Feeling trapped
• Experiencing unbearable pain
• Having no reason to live
• Killing themselves
• Increased use of alcohol or drugs
• Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
• Acting recklessly
• Withdrawing from activities
• Isolating from family and friends
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
• Giving away prized possessions
• Loss of interest