Suicide has long been one of the leading causes of death among young people in the United States. And the pandemic obviously makes things worse. According to a survey conducted June 24-30 by CDC, one in four people ages 18-24 have considered suicide seriously in the 30 days preceding the survey.
Spotting the suicidal feelings and thoughts matters.
The warning signs
It is estimated that for each death, about 15–25 times as many attempts are made. That means you may prevent suicide if you figure out early that there is something wrong when your beloved ones show the warning signs. They may be at risk for suicide if they:
· Look stressed out and hopeless. They may deal with huge depression due to a recent stressful life event. Such negative emotion as hopelessness and guilt can be identified.
· Lose interest in some things or activities they used to like best; feel tired and spiritless about daily life and would rather stay alone; always seem to be in a daze and refuse to talk unless necessary.
· Change their eating and sleeping habits. Overeating and loss of appetite are both noticeable signals. Insomnia symptoms and sleepiness can often be seen in one having too much on their mind.
· Talk about suicide or do something to try to harm themselves. They may begin to search for ways to end their life online and imply that they might not be around anymore. This is the most serious signal because they may have made their mind and would take action soon.
Ways to help
The warning signs are signals that they need help. Once you spot them, do what you can to help at once. Hopefully, it can make a difference. Below are the most helpful things you can do for your beloved ones:
· Be on the lookout for the warning signs mentioned above. A lot of warning signs may show up, and any of them should be of concern to you.
· Show that you are there for them. Listen if they want to share about their feelings and stay with them if they refuse to talk. Things are most likely to lose control when they are completely alone and feel disconnected from the world. Try to be a supportive and faithful friend.
· Tell his/her other friends and family members about the condition. They may know more about his experience. With help from more people, s/he is more likely to see the positive part of life and give up those terrible thoughts with time.
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