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Stop a Suicide Today Day

separator It’s not true that people talk about suicide “just to get attention.” Friends and family members should take any comments about suicide seriously. Other signs that indicate someone may be thinking of killing himself include:

  • Giving away valued belongings
  • Writing a will
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Lack of interest in the future
  • Comments such as “You’d be better off without me,” or “Maybe I won’t be around anymore.”

If you’re concerned that someone you care about is thinking about committing suicide, the worst thing to do is nothing at all. A suicidal person needs professional treatment. If your loved one does not seek treatment, you should call the therapist or family physician—immediately.

Here are some things you should NOT do if you believe someone close to you wants to commit suicide:

  • Don’t accuse the person of being dramatic or lazy or trying to get attention
  • Don’t tell the person to “snap out of it.”

Anybody who is severely depressed is unable to snap out of it. A suicidal person needs to get professional treatment immediately.

Read more about suicide here. Suicide in Young People: Risk Factors and Warning Signs, Suicide in Adults, Left Behind after Suicide

Source:
American Association of Suicidology; H. Kaplan, B. Sadock, J. Grebb, Synopsis of Psychiatry, Williams and Wilkins, 1994; The National Institute for Mental Health; The National Mental Health Association.



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