Suicide Prevention: Protecting Yourself and Loved Ones With Depression

Suicide is something that takes almost 45,000 American lives every year. But, it’s something that can be prevented and even treated upon failed attempts with depression treatment. Sadly, many people struggling with suicidal thoughts don’t seek help. As a result, suicide continues to be a preventable issue in our nation. So, it’s important to spread information about suicide prevention and successful treatment plans that help people take back their lives from suicidal thoughts and depression.

Some Things Increase the Risk for Suicidal Thoughts and Actions

Suicide prevention involves pinpointing suicidal thoughts in yourself or others before those thoughts are acted upon. So, it’s helpful to understand the things that can increase the risk for developing suicidal thoughts. While people living with depressive disorders are at risk for suicide, there are other things that also may make an indivdiual at a higher risk for experiencing suicidal thoughts. These things include:

  • Having other mental health disorders like anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse disorder, etc.
  • Experiencing a serious, debilitating injury
  • Being diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening diseases
  • Having a close family or loved one commit suicide
  • Experiencing trauma like childhood abuse or neglect
  • Going through changes like loss of a job, relationship, or finances
  • Having easy access to means of suicide

Signs That Someone is Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts

While knowing the things that can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts is important, it’s also crucial to be able to identify signs of suicidal thoughts in yourself or your loved ones. This way, you can work to get yourself, friends, or family members the help they need to get better. And, prevent the horrible consequences of suicide.

Some warning signs to look for when it comes to suicidal thoughts can include:

  • Feeling hopeless, like a burden to others, stuck, or in pain.
  • Thinking and talking about dying or death a lot.
  • Beginning or increasing drug or alcohol use.
  • Avoidance of social settings and seclusion.
  • Having thoughts of vengeance accompanied by anger.
  • Purchasing means of suicidal action.
  • Preparing for one’s own death by writing goodbye letters and giving personal items to others.

People who experience suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide and survive need help to prevent suicide in the future. So, if you or someone you know is showcasing these behaviors or experiencing these feelings, help is an immediate necessity.

If you or a loved one is having intrusive, self-destructive thoughts, get help immediately. For instant assistance, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to speak with someone confidentially at any time of the day or night.

Phone: 1-800-273-8255
Chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Treatment Can Help you With Suicide Prevention in the Long Run

Getting help if you are having suicidal thoughts or actions is possible. And, treatment is helpful for those living with these issues. If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts or behaviors like the ones listed in this article, The Delray Center for Healing is here for you.

We offer services for individuals who are living with suicidal thoughts a way to identify why they may be experiencing what they do. And, prepare successful treatment plans for outpatient care so that these individuals can get the help they need throughout their daily lives.

Some of the programs and services we offer that can help individuals living with suicidal thoughts include:

  • IV Infusions for Depression
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS)
  • Depression Treatment

Specifically, we excel in helping individuals with treatment-resistant depression, or people who have tried other traditional methods of depression treatment without success. Check out some more of the services we offer and how we can help on our website.

And, give us a call to learn more about developing a treatment plan to prevent suicide today at 888-699-5679.

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