Save a life! Read these signs for suicide prevention
Updated on:9 September 2021, 13:40pm IST
On the World Suicide Prevention Day, an expert tells you the signs to watch out for in a person who may be suicidal, and how you could help.
Every 40 seconds someone takes their life; that’s almost 800,000 people a year around the world. India reports 10.4 suicides per 100,000 people in a year. The truth, however, is that suicide prevention is a reality!
Most people do not want to die, they are just unable to deal with the pain.
Talking openly about suicide can save a life. Not talking about it makes it worse. Your action of reaching out to a friend, acquaintance, neighbour, co-worker can restore hope and save a life. Take action; reach out and rekindle hope. Do your bit for suicide prevention. The points below tell you how!
Recognise the signs that a person is suicidal:
Threatening to kill themselves
A person expresses feeling trapped; that there is no way out
Talking, writing, posting about death, dying or suicide
Planning ways of killing self; research, accessing pills, pesticides, weapons or other means
Hopelessness; nothing to look forward to
Withdrawing from friends, family, or society
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Anxiety, agitation, rage or continued feeling of anger
Loss of purpose or meaning in life – could be sudden change in life
People, at a greater risk for suicide, include:
Those who may have a mental illness
People with poor physical health and disabilities
Those who have attempted suicide or harmed themselves in the past
Those facing difficult life circumstances particularly with relationships or their health
People who have experienced physical or sexual abuse as a child
People who have recently experienced a suicide by someone else