On average, there are 121 suicides per day!!!!
Often contemplation of suicide is a result of someone being overwhelmed by a variety of life circumstances such as setbacks or disappointments in life, loss, divorce or breakup, financial stress, medical illness, family history and genetics, trauma etc.
Any one of these causes or a combination of several can contribute to depression because they bring on physical weakness and stress. Depression or thoughts of suicide can affect anybody.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
According to research 70% of people who commit suicide tell someone about their plans, or give some other type of warning signs.
Have you ever heard someone say two or more of the following?
What are other warning signs?
Other signs and behaviors to be aware of and that might suggest someone being at risk of suicide include – but are not limited to:”
HOW CAN I TELL IF THE SITUATION IS SERIOUS?
The three questions you need to ask are:
A higher level of planning indicates a more serious risk. However, you must remember that the absence of a plan is not enough to ensure the person’s safety. All thoughts of suicide must be taken seriously.
You should never agree to keep a plan for suicide a secret. Even if you do, this is a promise you should not keep.
HOW SHOULD I TALK TO SOMEONE WHO IS SUICIDAL?
Do your best for the person you are trying to help. Remember, though, that despite our best efforts, some people will still die by suicide.
This post is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered therapy. This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental Health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393.
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