Suicide is a very important topic of mental health that needs awareness. It’s the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, so it’s something that needs to be spoken on in order to help more people living with suicidal thoughts and ideation. When awareness is spread about suicide, more people dealing with thoughts of suicide can understand they’re not alone. And, gain the information they need about helpful resources in their area. For example, spreading awareness about types of suicide prevention measures and signs and symptoms of suicidal thoughts and ideation can help people prevent suicide in their own lives and reach out for assistance through support and treatment.
Certainly, it’s essential to be able to recognize warning signs and symptoms of suicide before a person takes action on the suicidal thoughts and idealization they experience. It’s crucial for loved ones and people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts to understand the warning signs of suicide so that preventative measures can be taken. Some of the warning signs of suicidal thoughts and idealization can include:
If you recognize any of these behaviors in a loved one, it can help you with bringing up the topic of suicide with this person. And, find out if they are willing to get support in order to overcome thoughts of suicidal ideation. If you’re not willing to talk to a loved one about suicidal intentions or don’t know what to say, you can always reach out to emergency services or a mental health provider like a licensed mental health facility.
Noticing the warning signs of suicide in a loved one can be a jarring and unexpected situation. So, it helps to understand how to talk to a loved one that’s considering suicide even if you’re not aware currently that someone you love may be having these thoughts or feelings. If you notice that someone in your life is portraying warning signs of suicide or has opened up to you about their suicidal ideation, there are some things you can do to help including:
Support through treatment is available for people living with thoughts of suicide in order to prevent suicidal behaviors and actions. It’s important for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and ideation to get help as soon as possible. So, if you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide, seek assistance today.
If you need help now, there are hotlines you can call like the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255) which is a 24/7 line that provides access to suicide prevention crisis responders.
While crisis hotlines and spreading awareness are great resources, long-term psychiatric care on an outpatient basis can also help to address the development of suicidal thoughts and get to the root of these issues. Furthermore, psychiatric care can also provide support and assistance throughout a period of time so that people living with suicidal thoughts or intentions can develop coping skills necessary to prevent suicide long-term and establish better lives of mental wellbeing. Yellowbrick offers outpatient psychiatric care for people and families struggling with suicide. Find out more about our facilities, programs, and how we can help from our website or call 866-234-0222.
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A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
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A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
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