And one important thing we should take into consideration.
Suicide is a very difficult matter to discuss, as most people without a psychiatric education are not quite sure how to handle it and that is completely logical. Βut being able to talk about it is something that could help a lot of people in a critical condition, because truth is, we could all have a person around us that is thinking about hurting themselves.
Suicide doesn’t have a specific “profile” – any person and every person could be affected by such thoughts. According to researches, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer) young people are four times more likely to think about suicide and a quarter of all trans people have at least once tried to hurt themselves. But apart from that, depression is an illness that could affect people of all backgrounds. And getting past it is not a simple matter of “snapping out of it“.
There are 9 risk factors that can affect one’s suicidal tendencies. If one or a couple apply to a person, that does not mean they are about to commit suicide, but when they start piling up, we should start being cautious. Talking about suicide will not make a person that doesn’t think about it to start, nor will it convince a person who has suicidal tendencies to decide to do it. All it would do is create a space of trust and show people that if they want to, they have somebody to talk to.
Here are the factors that one should be looking out for.
- Substance abuse and history of attempts.
- Irrational behavior.
- Financial troubles.
- A family history of suicide.
- Big life changes (or even small).
- Suicidal intentions.
- Access to means.
- Connections to people who have commited suicide.
Talking about it is important and may save a life. Show people around you that you wouldn’t judge them of weakness or lack of bravery. Creating a culture of acceptance and honesty around this subject, could have marvelous effects. Why not start trying now?