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The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die from suicide every year. To anyone who is not consumed by the suicidal thoughts and depression, it can be very difficult to understand the motive that drives others to do it. A suicidal person is suffering from too much pain that they get to point where they don’t see any other option. It’s a desperate attempt to escape suffering.
There are however some misconceptions surrounding suicide that we need to break.
Starting with the biggest suicide myth; “Anyone who talks about committing suicide won’t actually do it.” Almost anyone who attempts suicide has given some kind of a clue or a warning at some point in their lives. So do not ignore those statements and warning signs, because they are a cry for help not just a way to seek attention.
Another myth is “Talking about suicide may give someone the idea”, talking about suicide doesn’t give anyone the idea to do it, on the contrary, it creates a safe space for anyone who might be suffering in silence.
Suicide warning signs include:
- Talking about suicide, death, or self-harm.
- Seeking access to lethal means such as pills, knives or any object that could be used to in a suicide attempt
- Unusual focus on the idea of death
- No hope for the future
- Expressed feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, and self-hatred.
- Readiness for death all the time
- Tendency to self-isolate
- Self-destructive behavior
- A sudden sense of calm and happiness after being extremely depressed can mean that the person has made a decision to attempt suicide.
The best way to prevent suicide is to spot and recognize these warning signs, and know how to respond to them. You can also try to point out the alternatives, show care and try to get a psychologist involved.
This is how you can seek help today!
When consumed by suicidal and depressing thoughts, it can be very challenging to quite them down or not listen to them. But it’s not impossible! On the contrary, postponing the decision to end your life and trying to remember that no matter how frequent these thoughts are they will pass, is crucial..
Studies have shown that many people who have experienced suicidal thoughts, and were able to push past them long enough to postpone the decision were able to get the needed help and eventually get better.
What is my call to action then?
Well first of all, you need to know that there two types of suicidal thoughts; passive and active. The passive suicidal ideation is when you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm but do not plan on carrying it out, the active suicidal ideation is when you have the thoughts and a plan to carry it out. So the first step is to identify which type you have.
If you find that your thoughts are active, know that anyone can experience these kinds of thoughts, they do not represent weakness, flaw or failure. Therefore, there is absolutely no need for any feelings of shame or guilt.
Remember: reach out to someone you trust and who can listen and offer emotional support.
- Get to a safe location where you can avoid acting on suicidal thoughts, such as a library, a restaurant or any public place where you’d feel comfortable.
- Stay away from any lethal means/weapons, or medications that could serve as a method of suicide.
- Try grounding techniques; going for a walk, playing with your pet or trying the 4-7-8 breathing are all grounding techniques that can help you stay in the present.
- Finally, try doing something that helps you relax, like music, having your favorite food/beverage or looking at photos and videos of people you love to help you feel calmer.
If you’re uncertain about who to turn to, try Befrienders Cairo.
Here are their details:
Address: 61 Al Zahara St., Jeddah St., Mohyaldeen, Muhandesen, Cairo.
Hotline: 762 1602/3
Hotline: 762 2381
E-mail Helpline: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feelings of pain and despair may not go away immediately, but you’ll be giving yourself a chance to calm long enough to seek professional help and work on these thoughts with someone who can aid you through the journey to mental wellbeing.
Passive Suicidal thoughts
As for handling passive suicidal thoughts, as we’ve established, this type means that you have no intention of attempting suicide, but just suffer from the thoughts. That is not any less dangerous or something that can be neglected.
Here are some tips that can serve as a starting point:
- Recognize and identify the signs though monitoring your train of thoughts.
- Seek professional help
- Work on a crisis plan in order to be ready in time of danger
- Keep in touch with your loved one. Staying connected with people can make it easier to navigate a mental health crisis.
- Find healthy and positive distractions to keep yourself occupied.
- Implement a self-care routine for your physical needs. That routine needs to cover sleep, physical activity and skincare.
At times where we feel most down and overwhelmed, we must still remember that we are not alone. Opening up about how you feel may not make an immediate impact but it will definitely bring you at least one step closer to getting better.