A key aspect of your overall well-being and mental health is mental health. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression are very common. If left untreated, they can have serious consequences. Suicide is one possible consequence of poor mental well-being. Suicide is the number two cause of death for individuals between 15 and 29 years, according to the World Health Organization. Recognizing the warning signs and risks of suicide is crucial in order to avoid it.
There are several risk factors that may increase an individual’s risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Suicide is a serious risk factor due to depression and other mental health conditions. Another risk factor is a history or substance abuse history, trauma history, and a family history with suicide. Individuals who recently suffered a life-altering event such as the death of a family member or the ending of a relationship may also be more at risk.
There are many warning signs that indicate someone is at high risk of suicide. These signs include thoughts or actions that could lead to suicide, making plans for it, giving up personal possessions and changing your behavior. Individuals should be alert to these signs and seek out help when they experience them.
Suicide prevention can be achieved through a variety of interventions. Mental health treatment such as medication or therapy can be a very important tool to help people manage their depression and lower their suicide risk. It is also important that individuals have access to a support network, which includes family and friends as well as mental health professionals. This will allow them to receive emotional support and support during difficult times.
Suicide is an important and preventable problem in public health. It is possible to decrease suicide rates and improve mental health by identifying the warning signs and risk factors for suicide.
World Health Organization. (2019). Suicide prevention. Retrieved at https://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/en/
National Institute for Mental Health. (2021). Suicide prevention. Retrieved at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml
American Psychological Association. (2021). Suicide prevention. Retrieved at https://www.apa.org/topics/suicide-prevention