Suicide is growing to become one of the leading cause of deaths among young people. There are many factors associated with suicide, however it is closely connected with depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Most of the related risk factors for suicide are usually not diagnosed and go untreated.

Signs and Symptoms

Those considering suicide tend to exhibit certain behaviors and moods:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Withdrawal from daily/social activities including isolation
  • Change in sleep patterns such as getting too little or too much sleep
  • Increased alcohol or drug abuse

It is important to pay attention to what the person is saying and if there is a focus on certain topics such as:

  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling pain
  • Being a burden to others
  • Killing themselves
  • Not having a reason to live

What to do when your loved one is in crisis?

It can be difficult to see a loved one experience a suicidal crisis. It may be even more difficult to know how to help or act during a crisis. Ways to help someone considering suicide can include:

  • Listen openly and without judgement
  • Say you are there and available for support
  • Do not lecture or talk down
  • Take action and seek help
  • Try to remove them from any harmful environments
  • Contact a lifeline center to find support for yourself and loved one