Today, we see those who we believe that are among the most affluent and happy people in society commit suicide. This fact shows that there are misconceptions about suicide in society that need correction. In the United States alone, 400000 people die each year from suicide. In this article, we first outline some of the common misconceptions about suicide, and then we present signs and symptoms that may indicate a person’s decision to attempt suicide.
False beliefs about suicide as reported by the World Health Organization:
Talking about suicide is a wrong idea and can encourage one to commit suicide:
Because of the ugliness of suicide in most cultures and religions, most people who think about suicide do not know who to talk to or consult with. When one thinks of suicide, they are likely to have reached a dead end in solving their life’s problems. Failure to talk about this will cause them to lose the opportunity to think of other ways to solve these problems and get rid of this impasse. So, contrary to popular belief, talking about suicide can be an effective way to prevent suicide.
People who talk about suicide usually don’t want to:
By the way, in many cases, people talk about it before committing suicide. This can be a form of asking for help or support from others, as many of them are depressed, anxious, and desperate and feel they have no option to improve the situation.
Most suicides occur suddenly without notice:
Contrary to this notion, in most cases individuals before committing suicide have symptoms that may indicate their intention to commit suicide. These symptoms, which can be verbal and behavioral, will be discussed below.
The person who commits suicide is no longer interested in living:
This is not true either. Many people have long been hesitant to choose between death and life before committing suicide, but they commit suicide at a critical point. Many also regret their suicide, which is a sign of their interest in life. For this reason, access to mental and psychological support at the right time can help prevent suicide.
Only certain people with specific mental or family problems attempt suicide:
It is important to note that suicide can occur at any age, race, gender, or social class. Although the risk of suicide is higher in people with depression or with a family history of suicide, many people commit suicide without any psychological or family history.
Symptoms that indicate suicide risk:
- Talking about dying, talking about feeling empty, desperate for life, feeling guilty or ashamed and feeling overwhelmed or useless.
- Search for suicidal ways online or ask questions, post suicide-related content on social networks, and express interest in these topics on these networks.
- Buying poison, pills or guns suddenly.
- Say goodbye to friends and acquaintances without a cause, especially on social media.
- The sudden change of mood from very sad to happy and calm in a person who has already experienced depression, absurdity, despair, and a desire to die.
- Giving your valuable belongings to others and neglecting ownership of what belongs to that individual.
- Other symptoms can be added to the above symptoms. It should be noted that these do not necessarily indicate suicide risk, but they do need attention.
prevention: If you suspect someone is going to commit suicide, you should ask them directly. Although it is not easy to ask, and many are afraid to ask or encourage suicide, scientific research has proven that this question does not increase the risk of suicide or related thoughts and vice versa helps to prevent it. Listen carefully to the person’s heartache and let them share their feelings and problems with you. If one feels that someone is still sympathetic and supportive, they will think less of suicide.