Suicide Prevention Quotes

The subject of suicide is unfortunately often dismissed from conversations and hushed away with fearful eyes. The disturbing notion that discussions on suicide will only encourage more people to commit the act, stops us from getting the right help.

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By keeping our feelings, doubts, and fears to ourselves, we will not be able to move past the problems that are very often temporary in nature. We must sit down and talk about thoughts of suicide that pervade many of us and openly discuss the risk factors and prevention methods. Let's start by learning to recognize the signs that can develop into an act of suicide. A person is usually said to be at risk if they start showing signs of sudden changes in their mood. This does not necessarily mean feeling low or depressed all the time. The change could even be sudden bursts of positive energy and displaying unnatural cheerfulness, which can be out of character for the person at risk. They also tend to talk about being a burden to the people around them and how they may no longer experience any happiness. To help them, we have to keep an eye out on their physical actions and behaviours that may be a direct result of their mental anguishes. In today's world, we are constantly under pressure to "achieve great things".The stress begins in school, follows into adulthood and continues to grow and invade every phase of our social and domestic life. For many of this, this stress can manifest in depression, anxiety, and other severe psychological problems. Studies find that Depression is one of the leading factors that lead to suicidal thoughts in a person. Other causes of suicidal thoughts include psychiatric disorders, drug use, chronic pain, history of family suicide and previous suicide attempts. Suicide is a disease knows no geographical borders and no bias- affects people from all races, cultures, and ethnicities. It should be treated as a disease and not a cowardly act, this way better efforts are made to identify and cure the disease. It is easy to push someone towards a doctor and hope that medication will cure them of these thoughts. But it's also equally important to build a safe environment at home. You can do this by asking your concerned ones direct questions like "How are you managing stress?" and "Do you feel any particular challenge lately?". These direct questions provide people more emotional support than saying generic comments like "I am here for you". So, to help your concerned ones, here are a few other direct questions you can ask them: - Are you thinking of hurting yourself ? - Do you have any thoughts on suicide recently? - Are you thinking about taking your own life? Suicidal people need to know that we do not view suicidal thoughts as taboo or something to be ashamed of. Instead, we need to make them aware of the deep love and support they have in their lives. Family, friends, and therapy go a long way in establishing a good support system. Offline and online help is readily available for people who exhibit risk signs and for the families to help them. These professionals are now at the tip of your fingers. Do not hesitate to use the support around you. As with physical disease, **prevention** is always better than **cure** for the management of mental health We should not wait until it becomes too late and look to therapy and medicines to stop suicide. Regular therapy and mental health checkups is the best solution to preventing suicide altogether. **"*They can’t rescue you if they don’t know you need it. Ask for help to fight another day."***
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