Suicide is a sensitive topic, and we understand that talking about it can be quite difficult. In a survey based on the Conversations Around Suicide, it was stated that only 34% of the participants were comfortable supporting their suicidal loved ones because of the stress and anxiety that comes with it. However, talking about suicide is a step to recovery and prevention.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Moreover, research states that around 47,000 Americans take their lives each year. In 2018, there were an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts in the US alone.
Healthline states that depression is the top mental health risk factor, but others include bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders that can arise due to several day-to-day factors. The alarming rate of suicide indeed calls for an intervention. However, one of the biggest challenges that arise when it comes to suicide prevention is identifying people who might be having suicidal thoughts and feelings because of the stigma attached to it. Whether you’re having suicidal thoughts or know someone who is showing warning signs, it is necessary to remember that none of us are alone in this world, and help is always available if you reach out.
As a loved one, your role is to provide the suicidal person with a non-judgmental, safe space that will motivate them to open up to you. This will give the other person hope and the necessary skills to handle stress-related symptoms that can prevent suicide. The increasing rate of suicide can be minimized if you take responsibility and educate yourself on this topic. As a friend or a family member, your job is to listen and hold space, not give out advice and unsolicited opinions. While it’s important to check-up on your loved ones, you should be cognizant of their triggers and avoid bringing up conversations that may be triggering.
Millions of people all over the world deal with mental health problems, and conversations in the mainstream media have been crucial in destigmatizing the topic. Many people have suicidal thoughts even when they don’t intend to act on them. Regardless, it is still vital to seek help from your loved ones, a mental health coach, or professional experts, depending on whom you feel the most comfortable with.
Professional health and support from loved ones can change your life and reduce suicidal feelings that make you anxious. Suicide prevention comes when you can successfully overcome the depressive episodes by talking about what is bothering you. It is essential to understand your situation and gain insights about all the possible triggers affecting your life.
When you recognize warning signs early on, it will give you time to open up about your feelings and get immediate help and medical assistance. The professional help will guide you through stressful life events and teach you how to take charge of your emotions. When you open up about your mental health, it can benefit you as it replaces negative feelings with positive ones, helping you become the best version of yourself.
Suicide can be prevented, and it is never too late to seek help. Ms. Hitch can help you and your loved ones as you step on the path towards recovery.