6 Ways You Can Save Someone From Suicide – Part 1

More people die from suicide in US and western countries every year than from car accidents. Unfortunately, many people still consider it taboo to talk about this serious issue of our society. Lack of acknowledging this issue is only giving rise to it and number or people attempting suicide and eventually committing this act is increasing every year.

A person can become suicidal due to many reasons. Loss of a loved one, severe financial crisis, mental imbalance are some of the many reasons that can lead to suicide.

If any of your friends or family members is showing warning signs of suicide, then it is extremely important that you take some immediate steps to prevent the worst from happening.

Contrary to the popular belief, you can surely save someone from committing suicide through effective and timely intervention.

This article will shed some light on 6 such ways through which you can prevent someone from committing suicide.

1. Learn About The Warning Signs

This should be a no brainer for anyone who is looking to save valuable lives from the curse of suicide. First, you need to understand the problem and its signs before you try to solve it.

American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has shared a list of 10 most common warning signs of suicide. Those signs are as follows:

I – Ideation

S – Substance Abuse

P – Purposelessness

A – Anxiety

T – Trapped

H – Hopelessness

W – Withdrawal

A – Anger

R – Restlessness

M – Mood Changes

Click Here to Learn About These Warning Signs in Detail.

2. Ask The Right Questions

It is a common myth that asking someone if he / she is thinking about committing suicide will make them more likely to do it. Various studies have shown that maintaining an open communication channel with someone planning to commit suicide will make them feel that they are cared for.

It is important that you ask the person some of the following questions to examine their state of mind:

  • You don’t feel like yourself lately, are you OK?
  • Is there something really bothering you?
  • Are you trying to harm yourself?
  • Are you trying to commit suicide?
  • Have you made a plan to commit suicide?

Asking these questions will make the person open up and they will feel as if a huge burden has been lifted off their chest.

3. Don’t Confront

Confronting someone for his / her suicidal tendencies is the absolute worst thing that you can do and it will only end up worsening the situation. Psychological studies have shown that direct confrontation will make the person feel that they are not understood and their emotions have no value for you.

They might promise you that they won’t do anything extreme, but in reality, they will do exactly the opposite because confrontation will make them feel even more helpless.

Therefore, don’t try to be the savior and leave the mental treatment to the experts.

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” –Harriet Beecher Stowe

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