Tips for Helping to Prevent Suicide–Recognizing the Signs

Recognizing the Signs: Tips for Helping to Prevent Suicide

Most of us have known someone affected by depression at some point. It may have been bad enough to worry you a loved one would attempt suicide. It’s a common problem, but many people.

Regardless of the circumstances and whether or not you’re comfortable intervening, it’s essential to understand and recognize the warning signs and risk factors because suicide can happen at any time. That’s why Don L. Price has assembled the following tips to help. They are reluctant to get involved, to risk making a bad situation even worse. It’s important to understand that suicide doesn’t necessarily have a single cause; often, it’s a combination of factors, such as substance abuse and chronic depression, leading to desperate thoughts and feelings of hopelessness. It usually occurs when stress factors overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope.

Know the Signs

Warning signs are outward indications that someone is in grave danger and is in urgent need of help. People who talk about committing suicide or looking for a means of killing themselves should be taken very seriously and not passed off as someone just trying to get sympathy and attention. It’s a cry for help that can have dire consequences if ignored. Take careful note if someone says he feels hopeless and purposeless, in terrible pain, or tired of being a burden to those they care about.

Sometimes, suicidal intentions manifest themselves through increased use of drugs and alcohol or behavioral changes like increased agitation, rage episodes, or purposeful, reckless acts. Excessive sleeping, self-isolating behavior, wild mood swings, and a desire to take revenge on someone can also indicate suicidal thoughts. It should be considered a warning sign when someone who’s usually upbeat and engaged suddenly exhibits a complete lack of interest in anything, especially things they typically enjoy.

Risk Factors

In and of themselves, risk factors do not cause suicide, but they can help predict it. Usually, risk factors can be broken down into environmental, health, and historical factors. Individuals with a history of mental health problems, depression, or schizophrenia are said to be “at-risk” for suicide. Bipolar and psychotic disorders and severe behavioral disorders are also considered risk factors, as is substance abuse.

Environmental factors may include a history of traumatic life events, such as domestic violence or the death (including suicide) of someone close. Loss of employment, divorce, or a loved one in a terminal condition, can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. Chronic stress factors like marital problems, sexual/physical harassment, and ready availability of lethal weapons (i.e., firearms), are also contributing factors. Environmental risk factors often vary between socio-cultural groups and traditions. Discrimination, bullying, physical violence, and verbal harassment may contribute to suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Oppressed racial minorities, like African Americans and Native Americans, often have elevated depression and substance abuse levels, which help create the conditions for suicide.

Note that there is a definite link between substance abuse and suicide among people of all races and sexual orientations. Addiction’s progressive and chronic nature makes it one of the most lethal factors for suicide, and anyone can be affected.


There are many options available for treatment, and obviously, consulting a doctor is the first step. Beyond therapy and medication, many other approaches can help, like talking to friends, planning a scenic getaway, and expressing oneself through art. The Mayo Clinic reports that hypnotherapy is another excellent option because it can also help with stress and anxiety.

Suicide is a significant public health problem that often defies attempts to mitigate its deadly effects. It is paramount to understand and identify its warning signs and risk factors, as is the willingness to seek help when the symptoms are clearly in evidence.

Don L. Price is an author offering transformational mindset coaching and hypnotherapy. Call 310-528-3608.

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