Someone who is thinking about suicide will usually give some clues or signs to people around them, even though these might be subtle. Suicide prevention starts with recognising the warning signs and taking them seriously.
Warning signs might include:
- A sense of hopelessness or no hope for the future.
- Isolation or feeling alone – “No one understands me”.
- Aggressiveness and irritability – “Leave me alone”.
- Possessing lethal means – medication, weapons.
- Negative view of self – “I’m worthless”.
Drastic changes in mood and behaviour.
Frequently talking about death – “If I died would you miss me?”.
- Self-harming behaviours like cutting.
- Risk-taking behaviours – “I’ll try anything, I’m not afraid to die”.
- Making funeral arrangements.
Giving things away (clothes, expensive gifts) – “When I’m gone, I want you to have this”.
- Substance abuse.
- Feeling like a burden to others – “You’d be better off without me”.
- Talking about suicide – “Sometimes I feel like I just want to die”.
Education and training can really make a difference
Now you know what to look for, what do you do next?
We’re not trained medical staff but early intervention can and does make a difference. Mental Health First Aid courses include role play so that you have the opportunity to walk through a serious situation before it ever happens.
Elena is a trained Mental Health Instructor Book a 90 minute talk at your workplace or Elena can organise a course to suit your business.