Suicide means the intentional deprivation of one's own life which can be carried out in various ways - drug poisoning, cutting veins, gun shot in the head, hanging or intentionally running out in front of the vehicle at full speed. People who suffer from certain mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or substance abuse generally undertake this act.
However, because of some traumatic and difficult life situations completely mentally healthy people sometimes think of about taking away their own life. On this way people are trying to find a way out from the current problems in order to escape from the burdening thoughts and feelings of shame, guilt, loneliness, loss and abandonment.
Events that can lead to suicidal thoughts include:
- death of a family member,
- losing job and poor financial situation,
- knowledge of the existence of dangerous physical illnesses,
- futile attempts in fight with alcohol and drugs addiction,
In most cases of attempted suicide there is no tragic outcome because it is actually a last call for help. Friends and relatives strongly condemn this act, while a potential suicide person think that by his/her suicide makes the world a favor.
People intention is to take their own life in most cases can be recognized. People prone to suicide generally exhibit the following behaviors:
- impaired concentration and reasoning,
- giving away things to others or their putting in order,
- sudden changes in behavior such as calmness after the attacks of anxiety,
- loss of interest in socializing, outings and activities that previously provided pleasure,
- difficulties in performing obligations,
- self-destructive behaviors such as excessive use of alcohol and drugs,
- talking about feeling hopeless, death and suicide
The young people who have suicidal thoughts often don’t seek help because they live in conviction that nothing can help them in solving their problems. Also, they are generally reluctant to admit to others about having troubles believing that is a sign of weakness. Often they don’t even know where to look for a help. Therefore, in the U.S. are constantly available phone numbers 1-800-suicide or 1-800-999-9999, which can be called from any part of the country, discussing about problems anonymously.
Suicide ideas should always be taken seriously in order to prevent the worst possible consequences. People prone to depressed mood should avoid the use of alcohol and drugs because they may eventually lead to a deepening of such mood and appearance of suicidal thoughts. Concerning adolescents, if suicidal behavior is noticed, alcohol, drugs and ammunition should be kept under lock and key. It is often necessary to conduct only one interview with a neutral person in order to prevent suicide.