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5 Hard to See Warning Signs of Suicidal Behavior

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a day dedicated to bringing attention to the men, women, and teens who often find themselves in a hopeless state, unable to find a reason to continue on. If you are that person, or you know someone that is, reach out for help immediately at Springfield Wellness Center or simply dial 911.

Understanding the signs of suicidal behavior, even those less commonly noticed, can change a life. Don’t wait until National Suicide Prevention Week to act. If you need depression treatment, contact our team today at 844.334.4727.

Look for Signs of Suicidal Behavior

Many people do not commit suicide randomly or because they are upset one day. Many people have subtle signs that they show throughout the days or weeks leading up to their decision. Take a look at some of the more difficult to see signs of suicidal behavior.

1. Feelings of Guilt or Shame

Many people who are facing these decisions feel extraordinary amounts of guilt and shame. What makes this hard for most of us to see is that they really have no reason to feel that way. Often, that guilt is misplaced, yet no one can convince them of that.

2. Hopelessness

Perhaps the most prominent of symptoms a person feels is hopelessness. Their life is challenging right now for some reason, and they do not see a way forward. They do not see a way to fix their problems.

3. Depression and Anxiety Symptoms

People with depression and anxiety disorders also often pull away from other people. Though they want to spend time with others and interact, they feel as if they should not, do not deserve to, or simply can’t do so. Isolation is a worrisome time because it can allow feelings and thoughts to grow unchecked.

4. Changes in Behavior

Often, a person considering suicide changes their behaviors. In some situations, they may no longer be their happy self. You may also notice they are not doing things they used to enjoy, or they may no longer participate in conversations. If they seem to simply always be upset or depressed, that’s a sign of depression.

5. Interest in Harmful Objects

Another key warning sign is that the person suddenly is interested in guns or knives. They suddenly start accessing another person’s medications or alcohol. They may even ask questions about things like what type of side effects medications have.

What to Do If You See These Signs

Suicide prevention is never simple. No one wants to believe a loved one is at risk. Yet, when you see the signs of suicidal behavior, you need to react. Our team at Springfield Wellness Center offers the tools and resources to guide you. If someone is at serious risk right now, call 911. Please don’t leave the person alone. Stay with them and talk to them to encourage them to get the treatment they need.

If they have decided to get treatment, you can give our team a call to learn about our suicide prevention tools and resources. We offer comprehensive treatment, including:

Do not wait. Even if you are unsure, reach out to your loved one to try to help them. Taking action can save a life.

Take Immediate Action to Get Help at Springfield Wellness Center

The signs of suicidal behavior are not always easy to see. This World Suicide Prevention Day, take a closer look at the people in our lives who are at risk and offer them the help they need.

Reach out to our team at Springfield Wellness Center to learn more about the opportunities available to you, whether you need help yourself or you have a friend in need. Contact us online or by calling 844.334.4727 for mental health treatment today.