September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Get the information you need to help those in your life who are battling the thoughts of suicide. A person who is suicidal may or may not ask for help. A suicidal person does not want to die they just want to stop the hurting and pain they feel. If we can learn the signs of suicide and resources available for those who are suicidal we can help the loved ones in our life.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. There are many misconceptions about suicide.
1. Myth: people who talk about suicide won’t really do it. The fact is that almost everyone who attempts suicide has given a clue or warning to those around them. If someone makes statements such as “you will be sorry when I am gone or I can’t see any way out of this” take it serious as this may be the persons way of expressing suicidal thoughts.
2. Another myth about suicide is that anyone who tries to kill himself must be crazy. The reality is that most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane. They are individuals who are depressed, grief stricken or have severe feelings of despair. These feelings however are not always a sign of a mental illness.
3. Myth: If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop them. The fact is that even those with severely depressed feelings has mixed emotions about death. Most suicidal people do not want death; they just want the pain to stop.
4. Another myth is that if you talk about suicide with someone you may give them the idea. Absolutely not true. If you talk about suicide with someone it helps them open up and discuss and share their feelings of despair. Talking is helpful for those who are battling intense feelings of despair and depression.
Here are the warning signs of suicide:
1. Talking about suicide.
3. Preoccupation with death. Unusual focus on death, dying, or violence. Writing poems or stories about death.
4. No hope for the future.
5. Self-hatred…everyone would be better off without me.
6. Person has made up will and begins to give away their personal items that mean a lot to them.
8. Person begins making unexpected phone calls or visits and good byes are like they won’t be seen again.
9. Social isolation from others.
10. Self-destructive behavior
If you or someone you know is having feelings of suicide reach out to someone close to you, contact your Midwife, or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Help is out there and you are worth getting the help.