Things we can do to stop suicide
Sometimes Feeling helpless, hopeless can result in extreme emotional pain and desperation. With the passage of time, these feelings result in thoughts of suicide. But, it’s important to let the person with these thoughts know that there are help and hope. If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, talk to a trusted adult or friend.
Suicide Warning Signs:
These warning signs are a very real sign of danger and one should always take it seriously.
- Disturbed sleep patterns,
- Pulling away from friends and family,
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs,
- Extremely self-hating thoughts,
- Suicidal thoughts,
- Loss of interest in favorite activities,
- Sudden mood changes for the better,
- Feeling trapped
What Can You Do to Help?
- Be a good listener: Being a good listener doesn’t require any special skills. Just listen to what they are saying without offering judgments.
- Make no deals: Never keep secret of suicidal plans or thoughts. You cannot promise that you will not tell, rather you have to tell someone to save your dear one.
- Make eye contact and show them that you want to understand their feelings.
- Distract them and try to engage them in different activities.
- Advise them to involve them in some Fitness activities like doing Meditation, Yoga, etc.
Resources that are available:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and their website also has an online chat feature. You can contact them anytime if you’re worried that you or someone you know may be in crisis.
- There is a 24/7 Crisis Text Line available, where you can text trained crisis counselors. The text line is free and confidential and can be reached by texting “GO” TO 741741.
- ASK and Prevent Suicide, Suicide Crisis Support, Virtual Hope Box, and My3 Safety Plan App.
- Vandrevala Foundation For Mental Health
- Sneha India Foundation: They’re a 24X7 helpline that offers unconditional emotional support to the depressed, desperate and suicidal. They’ll make sure you do not have to feel alone, no matter what your situation is. You can even write to them anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org.