Imagine ... you try to catch up with a friend you haven't seen for months. You try to contact the person but there is no reply, neither on the phone, nor via email or social media. You ask other acquaintances if they know more about it, but they know as little as you know. Sadly, you find out that the person committed suicide weeks ago. How would you feel?
Suicide is a complex and serious issue, and it's crucial to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms. It's essential to remember that each person's experience is different, and not everyone who is contemplating suicide will experience all these symptoms. Here are 30 symptoms that someone may be suicidal:
1. Talking about wanting to die or end their life.
2. Saying that they feel hopeless or like a burden to others.
3. Expressing feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
4. Saying that they feel trapped or like there's no way out of their situation.
5. Withdrawal from friends and family.
6. Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed.
7. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much.
8. Changes in appetite or weight.
9. Mood swings, including sudden shifts from sadness to calmness.
10. Agitation or irritability.
11. Increased alcohol or drug use
12. Risky behaviour or recklessness.
13. Giving away belongings or making final arrangements.
14. Having a sudden or significant change in mood or behaviour.
15. Researching ways to die or looking for methods to end their life.
16. Talking about feeling like a burden to others or that they are useless.
17. Experiencing intense emotional pain or anxiety.
18. Feeling like they have no reason to live.
19. Expressing a sense of hopelessness about the future.
20. Refusing to seek help or refusing treatment.
21. Making statements about feeling empty or numb.
22. Self-harming or engaging in risky behaviours.
23. Losing interest in personal hygiene or appearance.
24. Feeling overwhelmed or like they can't cope with life's challenges.
25. Having a history of previous suicide attempts.
26. Feeling like they are disconnected from reality.
27. Expressing feelings of shame or guilt.
28. Engaging in self-destructive behaviour, such as substance abuse or reckless driving.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it's essential to seek help immediately. You can call a crisis helpline, contact a mental health professional, or seek emergency medical attention.
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