In June 2018, the suicide deaths of two high-profile celebrities attracted considerable attention. A few days ago, the one from the other, the fashion designer Kate Spade and the television host and author Anthony Bourdain took their own lives.
The deaths of Spade and Bourdain have prompted many to investigate suicide, its causes and if there are signs that could help identify if a loved one is having suicidal thoughts. According to the American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide, no single thing causes suicide. AFSP notes that suicide is more often a by-product of the convergence of stressors and health problems that, when coupled, create a sense of despair and despair.
Depression and anxiety are two conditions most commonly associated with suicide. But the AFSP notes that most people who have been diagnosed with these conditions and are actively managing them continue to engage in life. The undiagnosed depression and anxiety, as well as the abuse of undiagnosed or unaddressed substances, increase a person's suicide risk. This is why it is so important for men, women and young people to learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and be able to promptly face their own problems or those of a loved one.
AFSP notes that people who take their own lives could talk about doing it before committing suicide. People should seek help if they or a loved one speaks of feeling hopeless, with no reason to live or be a burden to others. People who talk about feeling trapped or experiencing unbearable pain may also exhibit warning signs of suicide.
Behavior, especially behavior that can be linked to a painful event, loss or change, is another potential indicator that a person is having suicidal thoughts. These behaviors include:
· Increased use of alcohol or drugs
· Looking for a way to end their lives, like searching for methods online
· Withdrawal from activities
· Isolation from family and friends
· Too much or too little sleep
· Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
· Give away valuable assets
Even the mood is a potential indicator that a person might have suicidal thoughts. In addition to depression and anxiety, people who are considering taking their own life can show a loss of interest in the things they once enjoyed. Irritability, humiliation, agitation / anger and sudden relief / improvement are other states of mind that AFSP notes can be warning signs of suicide.
The death of two highly regarded celebrities brought suicide to the fore in 2018. Taking the time to understand suicide and its warning signs can help people prevent tragedies. More information is available at www.afsp.org. People in crisis or suspect that a loved one may be in crisis are invited to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by sending SMS to 741741.