Today is September 10th – World Suicide Prevention Day! It’s a reminder that people are suffering in silence, feeling like there is no point in living.
But whoever you are and wherever you may be, just know someone cares for you. Even though you feel lonely or you think no one will miss you, please try to reach out for help. I am here for you as are other people and groups around the world.
The stigma around mental health is slowly but surely fading away. It is becoming part of the conversation. And with that change, we can get to the point where we reduce and ultimately prevent suicides.
Here are some tips for you and for those who are contemplating suicide:
Spotting the Warning Signs of Potential Suicide
According to the Beyond Blue support service in Australia, there are several signs to look for in people who are considering taking their life:
- Substance abuse
- Isolation from friends and family
- Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
- Constant conversations about living or dying
- Dramatic mood changes
Besides developing your observation skills, you also need to cultivate good listening skills. After all, underneath the usual conversations is a constant desperate plea for help.
Make yourself available to others and go beyond common greetings. Dig deeper and get to hear that they are doing okay.
What about you? How can you take care of yourself to ensure you no longer think about suicide? Keep reading to find out.
Taking Care of Yourself
Life is difficult but you can navigate through it with some changes to your lifestyle. Here are tips on what you can do:
- Talk to a mental health professional
- Ward off depression
- Find your purpose
- Checking the side effects of the medication you are taking
These simple tips are just the beginning of the journey. Mental health is a lifelong issue. I’ll be praying for you and your loved ones. Be Blessed.