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Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. Whilst death by suicide can occur because of severe psychological illness, acute psychological stress, or someone’s predisposing temperament and genetic vulnerabilities, suicide can happen to anyone. Most people who feel suicidal do not actually want to die; rather they don’t have any hope for a different or improved future and so decide their only option is to end their life.
SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN YOURSELF OR OTHERSThese are not exhaustive,and some people will show no significant signs.
IF YOU HAVE THOUGHT OF SUICIDE
HOW TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE YOU BELIEVE TO BE SUICIDALIt is not the case that asking about suicide precipitates the action of suicide. Rather it shows the person you genuinely care, are interested in their welfare and want to help. Use simple, direct questions in a non-judgmental, non-confrontational way.
BEREAVEMENT BY SUICIDEA suicidal person believes that those close to them will be better off without them. This is not true. It is really tough to resume normal living after a death by suicide. It has the ability to undermine, overwhelm, devastate and destroy leaving behind many questions that can never be answered.. This can take a real toll on your mental and physical well-being and you will develop feelings of guilt. The suicide of a loved one can also mean you consider suicide yourself, known as suicide ideation. You may want to seek help from your GP or a counselling organisation. There are also specialist organisations that can help, see below.
You may like to read this blog from LawCare peer supporter Trish Thomas.
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