Are you suicidal? Sometimes I have those thoughts. The medication I take and having someone to talk to helps ease my mind. However, it doesn’t completely take those thoughts away.
Hopelessness, loneliness, bullying, and being overwhelmed with life circumstances are some of the reasons there are so many suicides every year. The feeling is that suicide is the only way to end the internal pain. Suicidal people often have smiles on their faces and crack jokes like anyone else. You never know what someone is going through.
Recently I heard a story at work about a girl who used to work there that a co-worker was harassing every day. While the harasser was fired, the girl was so tormented and depressed that she wound up taking her own life. It’s sad and pathetic that people don’t take others’ mental well being into consideration. This is why I try to be nice to everyone-even the mean people. I never know what’s going on inside someone else’s head or what their current life situation is.
Resources for mental health and suicide prevention:
- Ask questions about whether the individual is having suicidal thoughts.
- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Seek help from a medical or mental health professional. If it is an emergency situation, take the person to a hospital.
- Remove any objects from a person’s home that could be potentially used in a suicide.
- Do not leave the person alone, if possible, until help is available.
*Taken from Eyewitness News
Suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include:
- Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead” or “I wish I hadn’t been born”
- Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills
- Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
- Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next
- Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
- Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
- Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
- Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
- Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
- Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there’s no other logical explanation for doing this
- Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again
- Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above
*Taken from the Mayo Clinic site
Please, anyone reading this, take suicide seriously. Reach out and try to help. Try to understand. Be patient.
For anyone who’s having suicidal thoughts: you are not alone. Please get help. You are worthy of life. Don’t give up. There are ways to handle those thoughts.