Many people find that talking about their feelings can alleviate their distress. If you're feeling in distress or suicidal now and need to talk to someone, people are ready to listen.
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If someone is feeling depressed or suicidal, our first response is to try to help. We offer advice, share our own experiences, try to find solutions.
We'd do better to be quiet and listen. People who feel suicidal don't want answers or solutions. They want a safe place to express their fears and anxieties, to be themselves.
Listening - really listening - is not easy. We must control the urge to say something - to make a comment, add to a story or offer advice. We need to listen not just to the facts that the person is telling us but to the feelings that lie behind them. We need to understand things from their perspective, not ours.
Here are some points to remember if you are helping a person who feels suicidal.
Studies show that 4 out of 5 suicide attempts have been preceded by clear warning signs, make sure you know them. Keep reading to learn what suicide warning signs to look for, including warning signs or indications of a suicide plan.
Suicide is a very real problem. With many pressures and a variety emotional, social and family issues to confront, many find themselves having suicidal thoughts. Part of averting a suicide is being involved and watching for suicide warning signs. It is also important to note that many of the suicide warning signs are also indications of depression.
Suicide warning signs
It is important to take the warning signs of suicide seriously and to seek help if you think that you know anyone who might be suicidal. Here are some of the things to look for:
Not all of these suicide warning signs will be present in cases of possible suicide. There are many cases in which a good student commits suicide. It is important to watch for two or three signs as indications of depression, or even suicidal thoughts.
Suicide warning signs: indications of a suicide plan
There are some things that someone might do that could indicate that they are contemplating, or even planning, suicide. It is important that you make yourself aware of these actions, and use them as starting points to draw them out and perhaps express what is bothering him or her. Here are some of the indications of a suicide plan:
Understanding that suicide warning signs are serious calls for help is important. Many share their thoughts and feelings in a desperate attempt to be acknowledged. In many cases, they don’t know how to deal with their feelings and problems and are looking for someone to help them find assistance. Acknowledging these warning signs and seeking help for the problem, and offering support to anyone who is working through his or her issues is very important, and can help prevent suicide. Suicide is a very real danger, and heeding the warning signs can truly save a life.