Warning Signs & Suicide Prevention Tips | Happiness Counseling

Tanishka Pathak

28 Nov 2020
Warning Signs & Suicide Prevention Tips | Happiness Counseling

Suicide is a very big and serious problem now a day, which is increasing every year in its number of attempted rates by the peoples or number of committed suicide by the peoples. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. What drives so many individuals to take their own lives? A suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option, despite their desire for the pain to stop; most suicidal people are deeply conflicted about ending their own lives. They wish there was an alternative to suicide, but they just can’t see one.

Suicidal ideas or suicidal thoughts are taking the lives of many people, it includes anyone either any student, any unsatisfied work employee, any broken marriage personnel, or any relationship failure person.

Warning Signs of Suicide

Hence strong strategies for the prevention of suicide must be formulated but it is very important for us to identify the WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE then only we can prevent this evil. Warning Signs of Suicide could be: -

Talking about death or suicide

If anyone in the family frequently talks about suicide or has expressed the intentions of taking their own life or self – harm.


Feeling of hopelessness, helplessness could be a very strong predictor of suicide, usually, peoples with hopelessness make negative and very pessimistic predictions of the future, for them they have nothing can bring positive outcomes in their life.

Saying that they are a burden

Peoples those who consider themselves as a burden on others and consider themselves a useless entity form their loved ones mostly ended up in taking their lives.

Withdrawing from friends and family

Increased isolation from family, friends, or society, the desire to be left alone could be an alarming signal.

Losing interest in activities

If any person is losing interest in the activities that he or she used to enjoy could be taken as a matter of concern.

Extreme mood swings

A sudden sense of being calm and happiness of an individual after a prolonged period of depression could indicate that a person has decided to commit suicide.

Giving away possessions

Making will, giving out possession, and making arrangements for families.

Saying goodbye to family and friends

Unexpected visits or phone calls, saying “Good Bye” as if he or she won’t meet again. Mere recognizing or identifying the warning signs of suicide won’t prevent the incidence of suicide, unless we respond in an appropriate manner. Following strategies could be used to prevent suicide: -

Take all suicidal threats seriously

Usually, peoples believe that if anybody is talking about suicide that means he or she has no intention of dying but it’s not correct if anyone is talking about suicide might be serious about taking own life so all suicidal threats must be taken seriously.

Suicidal attempts could be a cry for help

Consider all suicidal attempts could be a cry for help, its not necessary that anyone who is attempting suicide wants to kill himself either it could be the indication that the person is in emotional pain and doesn’t know how to deal with it.

Be a good listener

Listening is very important aspect this might show concern and availability to the person who is in emotional pain and this doesn’t require any expertise simply non-judgemental and no arguments are required, also you have no need to attempt to fix anything, just listen and be there that show your care, concern, and availability.

Ask about Suicidal Feelings

There is a myth that talking about suicide will pop up the ideas of suicide into people’s minds the fact is that those thoughts and feelings are there regardless of what you might say. It is very important to ask about suicidal plans and means to carry the plans, this might suggest the seriousness and intensity of the suicidal thought.

Don’t leave them alone

If anyone seems to be in danger of hurting themselves, do not leave them alone. Keep strict observation and take all steps to keep them away from any means that they could use to hurt themselves, such as weapons or pills.

Keeping secrets can kill

Be aware that you may have to break your promise in order to help him if anybody has told you about their intentions of dying and told you not to disclose it with anyone but at that moment, you should not keep it secret and inform it to their family members. Having him alive but angry with you is preferable to keeping a promise that leads to him taking his life.

In this world, every problem has a solution.  If you think, you are observing the symptoms of anxiety, depression, then immediately, you should consult the psychologist because if the symptoms of depression are untreated then it may cause suicidal thoughts to you.  We should not ignore these kinds of symptoms. When depression can be treated then we must not take any chance to cure it.

Talk to professionals, If you found anyone in the risk of suicide encourage them to talk to mental health care professionals Having equipped with all the knowledge of prevention of suicide won’t make any change unless you spread the awareness. Just spread the awareness to the as many peoples you can which might be very helpful in saving the lives of others.


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