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How to Spot Signs of Suicidal Behavior in Someone You Know

How to Spot Signs of Suicidal Behavior in Someone You Know

Many times, people who are feeling suicidal are actually trying their best to seek help, but they shy away fearing that they'll be misunderstood or are worried about introducing chaos in the lives of their near and dear ones. So when you're dealing with someone who might be showing signs of suicidal behavior, it is important that you act as soon as you can, because once the intentions of a suicidal person get too severe, the battle for everyone involved in saving a suicidal person gets a lot tougher.

Notice the Changes

Here are a few easy to spot and some other subtle signs you need to look out for:

  • Sudden dip in their moods followed by lack of interest in day to day activities.

  • Irregular sleep patterns, do you find them sleeping a lot? Or are they sleeping too less?

  • Rapid changes in their weight and diet habits, also watch out for loss of appetite

  • Prefer to withdraw from social settings, family gatherings.

  • Look tired or show signs of fatigue for days together

  • Display indecisiveness, or show a noticeable slow down in their speech patterns.

  • Stop taking care of themselves, neglect basic hygiene practices.

Once you spot any of the signs, listen carefully

Most of the times, people feeling suicidal will seek out help in ways that are easy to miss, but they do keep dropping hints about the demons they're battling inside their head. So listen to what they say carefully, because the earlier you're in a position to provide help, the better are the chances of someone not acting on their suicidal thoughts. Here are a few words you can expect someone who's being suicidal to drop in one or more of their conversations.

  • "There isn't much to look forward to in life."

  • "My loved ones would be better off without me."

  • "Take these away; I don't think I need this stuff anymore."

  • "Don't worry; I won't be getting in your way any longer."

  • "You'll feel bad when I'm gone."

  • "I just can't go on anymore, life's too hard."

  • "I won't be a burden much longer."

  • "I guess no one truly gets me; no one feels the way I do."

  • "I just don't know how I can make it better."

  • "I don't see a way out of all of this."

  • "You'd be better off without me."

It's vital to be on the lookout for the signs of suicidal behavior because a lot of people display these at some point in their lives, and if they go unnoticed, then the situation can get quite difficult to handle. However, it's also advisable to not go about saving a person from their suicidal tendencies all alone, because beyond a certain point you have to get help from a professional counselor . You won't be cheating the person who's being suicidal of their privacy or their secrets, in fact, it's probably the best way you can show someone who's feeling suicidal that you understand the tough situation they're in and that, you'll always be there for them.

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