Suicide is a tragedy that touches many lives and leaves people with a lot of unanswered questions. People who have lost a loved one to suicide often think back on what they might have missed, what warning signs they could have seen, or what behavioral healthcare they might have sought. While there are many different causes and reasons behind suicide, there are common warning signs that can help people know more about how to prevent suicides.
Recognizing common warning signs of suicidal thoughts involves monitoring the behavior, particularly changes in behavior or circumstances, exhibited by the person of concern. These include:
- Sadness or hopelessness—These are particularly of concern if the feelings persist over a long period of time and seem to dominate a person’s behavior.
- Sleep problems—These can take the form of either too much or too little sleep, particularly if they are a change in normal patterns.
- Moodiness—A person with strong feelings of despair or sadness can exhibit swift or frequent changes in mood.
- Changes in behavior or personality—If someone you know seems to have changed in terms of overall behavior or personality, there could be a reason to worry.
- Calmness—If a person demonstrates calmness after a period of turmoil, it could be a sign that he or she has decided to end his or her life.
Preventing suicide is difficult, but closely watching and engaging with the person you are worried about is key. In addition to changes in behavior, life circumstances contribute to suicide as well. Traumas in life—such as conflicts with family, relationships ending, or substance abuse issues—are major contributors to suicide.
It is important to offer help to loved ones during these times. Suggesting suicide treatments like counseling at a place like Georgetown Behavioral Healthcare Hospital can help them weather their time of crisis.
For more information on suicide signs and how to prevent suicide, please contact us. We have a variety of resources that can guide you or a loved one. We also offer a range of services that can help.