In this blog, I will discuss the facts about suicide. please keep in mind that this is a very intense subject. Therefore, I am warning you that this blog may be triggering to some viewers.
Have you ever struggled with suicidal thoughts? Do you know someone who has? If you have questions or want facts, then this is where you will be educated on the hard facts of suicide.
First and foremost I feel the need to remind some individuals that suicide is no joking matter. Suicide is real and effects many people, perhaps even someone you know. On that note, please keep in mind that words hurt. Please be thoughtful of others well-being.
It is said that suicide is the number two leading cause of death around the world. One country even stated that there are more suicides then murders there.
When someone we know takes their own life, we have a lot of emotions and questions. these questions might be:
Why didn’t they tell me they felt that way? How could I miss all the warning signs ? Why didn’t they say goodbye?
The questions above are very common questions to ask yourself. You may not find all the answer’s. It is also common to blame yourself. I assure you it is not your fault!
When people are in that mindset they don’t think about others. They lose themselves in their emotions and usually they forget who cares about them. It has nothing to do with the people who care about the suffering, it has everything to do with the sufferer themselves. Don’t take anything they say personally. The sufferer, once in that mindset forgets what’s important and they don’t think straight.
The best thing to do for someone who is suffering is simply being there for them in their time of need. Obviously, that isn’t actually simple. It is difficult to talk someone out of it once they are in that mindset. The first thing you should do is call local police and tell them that you are concerned about the well-being of the individual. The individual may not like the outcome, but it ensures they will be safe. they will be taken to a hospital for mental health treatment. Hopefully, the doctors admit them for treatment. They then will be assessed once meeting with a doctor. They will be read their rights. There are some different inpatient group therapy that they have that the individual can choose to do. It is recommended that they do, but it is not mandatory. Also, once the individual gets discharged, they will have the option to do outpatient group therapy as well.
You have to remember that the decision is ultimately up to the individual. They can be involuntarily admitted to hospital, where they are forced to stay for treatment. The hospital will keep the individual safe while in their care, however, if they get discharged and the treatment didn’t help them, they may still take their life. As hard as it is to accept it, it is the cold truth about suicide. What is recommended is that after discharge, they have a strong, consistent, support group, as well as family/friends to monitor the individuals behaviour and mood. If you see no changes in the behaviour or moos in the individual after discharge, you may want to admit them again. There is no limit on how many times an individual can be admitted. So don’t be afraid if you have to admit them more than once. It could be that they got the wrong diagnosis, or perhaps there meds need to change. There can be a couple explanations as to why the individual didn’t receive the treatment they should have got.
Many people think that others harm themselves for “attention” but that is most defiantly not the case. They use self harm methods in means to release their emotions. Some do it because they believe they deserve the pain over a situation, where others do it to feel something physically.
You can never assume what a person is feeling or going through. If you believe that they are suicidal, ask them. You cannot assume someone is suicidal.
The number one thing that frustrates me is when people joke about suicide. It is not a joke. It is nothing to laugh about.
If you, or someone you know is/may be suicidal, please don’t hesitate to reach me. I am assist trained and am qualified to do crises intervention.