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  • World Suicide Prevention Day: What you need to know about suicide
    Added by My Identity Doctor
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    TW: Suicide
    Fact: Asking someone if they are contemplating suicide will not make it more likely that they will act on these thoughts.
    Fact: Suicide can be preventable if the right steps are taken.
    Fact: Those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide want the same support as anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. [1]
    Sign for the suicide hotline on the George Washington Memorial Bridge, Fremont, Washington
    image by Cumulus Clouds

    Suicide is a very difficult thing to talk about—but, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about it. In the US, one person will commit suicide every 16 minutes—that suicide will have profound impact on at least six people [2]. There is one suicide for every twenty-five suicide attempts [2], and suicide is a leading cause of death among young adults—the second leading cause of death for young adults 24 to 35 is suicide—for the decade prior, age 15 to 34, suicide is the third most common cause of death [2]. Depression is the number one cause of suicide, and is not always diagnosed (or treated adequately), which becomes evident at the time of death [2], however, there are many other reasons a person may commit suicide, including other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, or in the case of individuals with terminal illness who choose to end their own lives (not physician assisted) to end their own suffering [3].

    If you are considering suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number, or a helpline like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]).
    If you are concerned someone in your life may be contemplating suicide, here are signs to watch for [4]:
    • Sudden changes in behaviour, such as sleeping patterns, recklessness, social engagement [increased isolation] or moods, sometimes related to an emotionally stressful event.
    • Talking about feelings of hoplessness, pain, worthlessness or being a burden to others
    • Increased use of alcohol or illegal drugs; misuse of prescribed medications
    • Increased rage or anger, extreme unusual mood swings; increased anxiety
    • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.
    These signs should always be taken very seriously:
    • Preoccupation with death
    • Saying goodbyes to people via phone or in person
    • Giving away prized possessions or sentimental items
    Many individuals also will exhibit a sudden change in their mood, becoming happier and calmer before committing suicide—a difficult sign to interpret because it would seem to most that the person has simply “turned around” [4].
    If you think someone is considering suicide, here’s what you can do:
    • Ask questions. Suicide Awareness Voices of Education [SAVE] has recommendations for how to phrase questions. Remember, if a person is not contemplating suicide, this WILL NOT pose a risk—but it could save a life.
    • If the person is not in immediate danger, offer your support and work together so the person gets help [5]
    • Ensure the person knows their problems matter to you—they are not relative to anyone else’s. It can be helpful to ensure they know help is available, and that you are willing to help them find it.
    • A person who is contemplating suicide needs immediate medical attention [4]. If needed, call for an emergency crisis team to be sent to their home by calling 911, or drive them to the nearest emergency department.
    • Suicide prevention hotlines are also available for those with concerns regarding a loved one—use them for advice!
    • Even professionals with confidentiality agreements are required by law to notify the right people if someone discloses suicidal ideation—even if the relationship is personal, you should not worry about ruining a friendship by sharing what you know so the person can get help.
    If you’re interested in learning more about suicide prevention, you can take a Mental Health First Aid course [USA] [Canada], and visit To Write Love on Her Arms.
    If you need support, remember, help exists. Whether you or someone you care about may be contemplating suicide, help is easy as calling a healpline – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]) — don’t go through it alone.
    Published by My Identity Doctor on September 9, 2015


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