So today is suicide prevention day and I thought I would write a post commemorating it.
Suicide is one of the most common causes of death and while we should be trying to prevent suicide everyday. Today is the day that suicide actually gets spoken about instead of brushed under the rug.
As someone who has attempted suicide multiple times I know how serious the issue is. So let’s talk about it.
Suicide is NOT selfish. People who are suicidal have a strong feeling of hopelessness, they feel trapped with no way of moving forward with their life. They may in fact believe that they are a burden to others and want to end their life so they won’t be a problem to anyone anymore.
The “Shock Factor” does not work. Telling people who are suicidal to “do it” while you may have the intention to shock them out of ending their life and not actually want them to do it. To them it is confirming their fears that people want them dead and will more likely encourage them to do it.
Look out for words or phrases that a person uses. If they say that they feel trapped or that they are a curse or burden to others this could mean that they are suicidal and you need to direct them to the right help ASAP
If someone confides in you and tells you that they are thinking of ending their life encourage them to get help.
My Useful Resources page contains links to various organisations revolved around mental health and can give advice and support to those who feel suicidal.
Thanks for reading, I hope this helps. Remember that you are not alone…