Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Suicide is a final solution

Picture created by Eve Hoffman
Suicide is never the answer.
Suicide is never the answer.

In today's time with social media on the rise, as well as live streaming people are finding themselves lonely and isolated from the real world. Some are reaching out for help, yet only to fail. What is really shocking is committing suicide is becoming a trend on social networks that offer live streaming, such as Facebook.  This is a sure cry for help. Most people that are successful at suicide commit such acts alone.  When a person goes live, this is the final cry for help. Unfortunately most of the time help comes too late for several reason, such as person is not taking seriously or authorities cannot find the person.

Suicide is never a solution to any problem. Once a person kills him or her self there are no more options or hope.  We must learn the signs on social media if a person plans on killing themselves. Often times there are small hints that could lead a person to help save another life.

My father committed suicide April 23, 2014 three days after his birthday. He was very sick due to his drug addiction and poor actions in this life.  He was also very disturb mentally and had isolated himself from the world for a few years before his death.  My father chose to take the cowardly way out of this life to avoid paying for his action against everyone that ever crossed his path, including me. My father could had been helpful in this world, yet he chose death instead of making tough choices and to live.

Another sad fact about suicide is the person that kills him or herself is not the only victim.

Suicide is preventable. The secrets is to be open to even the smallest and not so obvious signs. The living are left in broken pieces to face life alone. We must be proactive if we know someone is in danger of committing suicide.

The signs of suicide include, yet not limited:
  1. One or more prior suicide attempts (my father tried three times before being successful)
  2. Family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
  3. Family history of suicide
  4. Family violence
  5. Physical or sexual abuse
  6. Keeping firearms in the home
  7. Chronic physical illness, including chronic pain
  8. Incarceration
  9. Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others
  10. Posting  about  depression or talking about wanting to die. Always talking or thinking about death. Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless.
  11. Change in mood or behavior
  12. Giving away possessions. Losing interest in things one used to care about. Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will.
  13. Reckless Behavior
  14. Increase in use of drugs and alcohol
  15. Changes in sleep
  16. Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble eating.
  17. Withdrawn, especially from favorite activities
  18. Angry
  19. Anxiety
  20. Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights.
  21. Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
  22. Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy.
  23. Talking about suicide or killing one's self.
  24. Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

If you know someone that is showing signs of suicide please take the time to help. In  most cases, just having a person being supportive and encouraging can make the difference between life and death.

If you do not know what to do, contact someone that you know can help or the authorities for help.

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Leave a comment. Tell me what is on your mind. Do you know someone that has committed suicide? Were he or she successful? Did you help and if so how?

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