According to the World Health Organization, 15 per 100,000 Canadians commit suicide. Suicide is often a cry for help which often comes too late. Depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, and addiction, can lead to suicide. Generally, suicide has a high occurrence with mental health disorders, especially depression. Untreated and undiagnosed depression can create persisting symptoms which worsen over time.
When someone dies of or attempts suicide people often ask themselves, “How didn’t I know?” there are many warning signs of suicide which get passed off. These symptoms of failing mental health are not just symptoms of being in a bad mood, antisocial, overly sensitive, or more. The widespread misunderstanding of mental illnesses and the pervasive stigmas which accompany a lack of information make these situations worse.
Silence is Deadly
Often, people who are considering suicide keep it very quiet. Psychologists have found that those who want to be “discovered” leave very obvious hints. Those who are quite serious about the act try to keep it a secret so as not to have someone intervene.
Here are some immediate and subtle warning signs. At first it might seem that the signs listed under these categories belong in the opposite list. However, it is the subtlety of the immediate warning signs which make them so urgent.
Immediate Warning Signs
- Talking about death
- Writing about or drawing about death
- Becoming fascinated with stories about suicide
- Chronic feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
- Withdrawing entirely from friends and family
- Mentioning not being needed, important, or noticeable
- Making themselves hardly noticeable
Subtle Warning Signs
- Mood swings
- Feeling trapped
- Excessive alone time
- Anger at having to be around other people or receive care and concern
- Risking their lives in other ways like reckless behavior, impulsive behavior, or abusing drugs and alcohol
If you or a loved one are worried about or thinking about suicide, please call 911 or visit thelifelinecanada.ca for information on more Crisis hotlines and services in your area.
Aurora Recovery Centre is a dual diagnosis treatment center offering loving care and compassion to those struggling with mental illness. If you are ready for treatment, we are here to light the way. Your life’s worth living. Let us show you how. For more information, call 844-515-STOP.