Suicide is the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in 2014, an estimated 42,773 American died by suicide. However, this counts only those who were successful. In 2014, approximately 494,169 people visited hospitals injuries due to self-harm.
Suicide is a permanent answer to what is often a temporary problem. Those who actually attempt suicide typically no longer believe they can solve their problems or ease their pain and see it as their only answer.
Because of the stigma surrounding suicide, knowing the signs, symptoms, and what to do if you believe your loved one is considering suicide can play an important role in prevention.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
It is normal to experience any one or more of these symptoms. However, if the behavior lasts for more than two weeks it should be treated as a possible sign of suicidal feelings.
What to do
Always take anyone, even children, seriously if they talk about suicide. Talking about suicide is the first visible sign and should never be shrugged off as a need for attention. Suicide is serious and often preventable if the behaviors are recognized.
If you discover someone who has attempted suicide, treat the situation as a medical emergency and get help immediately.