With the economy in shambles, the amount of people committing suicide, or contemplating suicide, has increased and it really should be everyone’s responsibility to recognize the 5 key signs that someone is contemplating suicide, so that you can offer assistance.
Whether you are a parent, son, daughter, friend, coworker or even an acquaintance of someone that is troubled, your actions may actually help save a life.
You may all be aware that if someone seems very depressed that is should be taken seriously. Conversely, a shy, quiet person who, all of a sudden, has become very outgoing can be a cause of a concern too. This type of person may have already made their decision to end their life and is actually happy about it.
Of course, people sometimes move on and change their interests so you want to pay attention to a variety of signs. If the person you are concerned about has bowled every Thursday for the past 5 years, for example, and simply loses interest it may be a cause for concern.
The loss of a job can be very overwhelming and financial pressures may nudge a person to contemplate suicide. If you know someone who has lost their job, make it a point to check in with them to say Hello. Better yet, offer to take them out for a cup of coffee so you better gauge if they seem OK.
This is a warning sign that you should take very seriously. Many people contemplating suicide will start to give away their prized possessions. Some will even give away clothing.
A person that is looking to end their life usually is troubled emotionally and many will turn to drugs and alcohol to ease the pain.
What can you do?
Remember that the 5 key signs that someone might be contemplating suicide does not mean that the person is contemplating suicide, but they might be, so it is important for you to be involved.
Experts recommend that you do not do it alone. Talk to the person, keep a calm demeanor and do not act shocked if they detail their plans for you. The most important thing for you to do is not to leave the person alone.
Get help for this person. Involve others and encourage them to contact the
Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If they will not call, you should make the call and also contact local authorities.
In Nevada, you can call
Suicide Prevention Center of Clark County: 731-2990
Suicide Prevention Hotline of NV: 877-885-4673
Get involved and help!