Recognizing Warning Signs of Suicidal Behavior

Published On: August 28, 2020Categories: Mental Health

Recognizing Suicidal Behavior

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 48,000 lives each year. While many people find themselves in shock or saying they’d have never known there was a problem when someone close to them died by suicide, there are signs and behaviors that may suggest suicidal thoughts. Here’s what you should know.

Withdrawing Socially

When people suffer from depression and are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is not abnormal for them to socially and emotionally distance themselves from loved ones. This is because it is normal for those struggling with their mental health to feel detached from life, people, and activities that previously brought them joy.

Talking About Death and Suicide

Frequently, those contemplating suicide may bring up the concept of death and what happens after death more regularly in conversations. Although they may often bring it up casually or jokingly, expressing feelings of wanting to die or not waking up should be taken seriously.

Impulsive and Reckless Behaviors

When people contemplate suicide, they may display a sudden disregard for consequences or long-term effects of their behavior. You may notice changes in their personalities or willingness to participate in risky and even harmful activities that they may have been previously apprehensive about doing.

Giving Their Things Away

If a loved one has been recently giving away a lot of their things to friends and family, this may also be a warning sign. This typically entails behaviors like giving their belongings to someone who will be able to make use of them once they are gone. This may also be accompanied by a sudden desire to declutter and deep clean their room or home that they plan on leaving behind.

If you or a loved one is displaying any of the above signs, it is important that you seek professional help immediately by talking to someone you trust.

Seeking Help at Tapestry

Whether you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from depression and displaying suicidal behavior, seeking help is the first step toward wellness and recovery. At Tapestry, our treatment programs are dedicated to understanding our clients as whole people with varied life experiences.

Whether you have questions about mental health or how to support a loved one struggling with their mental health, we are here for you. Contact us today by filling out a confidential form or give us a call at (828) 490-4032.

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