What Causes Suicide?
Suicide is an extreme and tragic reaction to a stressful life event or situation. More importantly, suicide can be prevented. Learning suicide warning signs and treatment options can help you save a friends life and or your own.
There is a way to end the pain besides suicide and ways to start enjoying life again.
Often the causes of suicidal thoughts stem from feelings that you can’t cope with a certain overwhelming situation. Without hope for the future, you may mistakenly think suicide is your only option. This can be brought on from tunnel vision that there isn’t a way out.
Oftentimes suicide can run in the family, and research has found that there may be a genetic link between impulsive behavior and suicidal tendencies.
Suicidal Thoughts or Warning Signs
- Making statements like, “I’m going to kill myself” or “I wish I was dead”
- Buying the means to commit suicide such as a gun or other equipment
- Withdrawing from social settings and wanting to be alone
- Being preoccupied with death or violence
- Feeling trapped or hopeless
- Doing risky self destructive things such as driving recklessly or using drugs
When to See A Doctor
- If you know someone or you are thinking about hurting yourself, get help right away and call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
- If you are feeling down, call a friend or family member
- Reach out to a minister or spiritual leader
- Make an appointment with a doctor right away
At Home Remedies & Healthy Lifestyle Habits
While we are NOT saying to use these in place of a healthcare professional, there are several things that can reduce the risk of suicide.
- Form a Strong Support Group – This could include family, friends, or church members who are willing to come around you and bring you a sense of joy and hope and purpose in life.
- Avoid Drugs & Alcohol – These substances can worsen suicidal thougts and feelings of hopelessness. A lack of inhibition can also make one more prone to act out their thoughts.
- Get Active – Being active and exercising reduces depression and stress. If you can just do a little something a day, or several days a week, that is better than nothing. Going on a power walk, jogging, swimming, finding a friend to play tennis, or seek an activity you enjoy and stick to it.
Whatever the situation, there is always hope during dark times. Being patient and riding through a situation with the help and support of friends or help from a doctor or counselor is always the option to bring you hope during difficult times.
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