Worried about suicide
Sometimes, life can present overwhelming situations that can be difficult to deal with and people might consider suicide as a possible solution to end their pain. People with depression or anxiety are also more likely to attempt suicide than other people.
We can all play a role in preventing suicide by looking out for possible warning signs, reaching out and talking about it.
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What are the warning signs?
Someone who is thinking about suicide will usually give some clues or signs to people around them, though these may be subtle. Suicide prevention starts with recognising the warning signs and taking them seriously.
Reasons for suicidal feelings
There are many reasons why someone considers suicide, which can be quite complex, but there are certain indications that may help us determine whether a person could be at risk of suicide.
Talking to someone about your suicidal feelings
It can be very difficult to know what to do when you are having distressing thoughts about suicide. You may be ashamed to talk about it or worry that people will judge you, or not take you seriously. However, talking to someone you trust and feel comfortable with about how you are feeling can help.
Having a conversation with someone you're worried about
If you're worried that someone you care for is considering suicide, ask if they're OK, share your concern, offer to listen or support them by going to see a professional together.
Getting through difficult moments
If you or someone close to you is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, safety planning can help you get through the tough moments.
It involves creating a structured plan – ideally with support from your health professional or someone you trust – that you work through when you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis.