Suicide: Warning signals

How to interpret warning signals?

Most people act out do not necessarily want to die. They wish, first of all, not to continue to live and suffer, as they have until now and put an end to suffering. When they go through a serious crisis, they see no other solution than suicide. It is therefore important to identify early warning signals and react to them.

Take the following signals seriously:

The clearer these signs are, the more important it is to talk to the people involved and seek professional help.

Warning signals

The sentences often heard sound like:

  • “Without me you will be happier”
  • “If only I could disappear”
  • “I can not live like that anymore”

It is wrong to think that people who speak openly about committing suicide do not act out. On the contrary, it is often a cry for help. If there is not always a suicidal intention behind these sentences, they generally reveal a deep discomfort.

Not paying attention to things that were important before. Neglecting a circle of friends or acquaintances. Avoiding physical contact.

People who are going through a suicidal crisis often feel alone and isolated and can express it through sentences like:

  • “I am not important for anyone”
  • “Nobody cares about me”

Making a will, settling family affairs, giving / offering personal items.

  • During unexpected visits or phone calls, implying that you will not see each other again.
  • Writing farewell letters.
  • Writing poems or texts, painting pictures, reading books and consulting sites dedicated to death.
  • Listening to macabre or funereal music.

Asking questions such as:

  • “What are the methods for a successful suicide?”
  • “How can I commit suicide without suffering?”
  • “How can I obtain means to commit suicide?”

Saying things like:

  • “It will never be the same again”
  • “It will not change anything”
  • “I’ll never get there”

Suicidal people often feel useless or devalued and feel feelings of guilt and shame, which they often express.

Increased risky behavior such as increased use of alcohol or drugs, risky sports, unprotected sex, driving recklessly are revealing behavior.

Mood swings, personality disorders are disturbing.

Neglected physical appearance and body hygiene, sleep disturbances, feelings of weakness, a marked and sudden drop in libido, eating disorders and weight problems should sound the alarm.

If someone, after a period of deep discouragement and suffering, suddenly seems very calm, satisfied and detached, it may be a sign that the person has decided to end his or her life.

If you catch one or more of these warning signs with someone around you, do not hesitate to advise him to consult with someone or to contact us.



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