"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." -Phil Donahue
Defined as the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally, it is the 11th leading cause of death in the Us. In the past year as many as 44,965 have taken their lives. It is a serious problem, but it can be helped.
Signs of Suicide
- Talking about wanting to die
- Extreme mood swings
- Feeling hopeless
- Withdrawal from society (friends, things or activities they once loved)
- Sudden change in appearance
Factors that can Contribute
- Mental health issues
- Previous suicide attempts
- Substance use
- Abuse in any relationship
What to do if a Loved One is Suicidal
You should listen and talk to them constantly. Ask a lot of questions about what they are going through and offer your support. It is imperative that you are kind and understanding. Also never try to make fun of the situation. Suggest professional help and help them find an outlet. NEVER swear to secrecy and notify a trusted adult.