How do you recognize mental illness?
You must be aware of the signs. New Way Now understands there are numerous factors that can affect someone’s mental health including genetic, social and environmental elements, as well as traumatic events or situational issues.
In severe cases, depression can lead to suicidal thinking, especially if the depression goes untreated and a course of therapy isn’t taken.
We’ve compiled a list of signs to look for to help identify suicidal thinking, and how to help.
Behavioral Signs of Suicidal Thinking
- Previous suicide attempts
- Talking about suicide
- Feeling trapped
- Agitation, anxiety, or irritability
- Trouble sleeping
- Changes in mood
- Change in appearance
- Taking time off work
- Recent stressful event
- Social withdrawal/feeling alienated
- Seeming preoccupied
- Putting affairs in order
- Quitting activities that were once enjoyed
- Showing signs of sadness, disconnection, hopelessness, loneliness, or helplessness
Verbal Cues for Possible Suicide
- Nothing matters/It doesn’t matter
- They’d be better off without me
- I just don’t fit in anywhere
- What’s the point? Things will never get better
- It’s my fault, I’m to blame
- No one can help me
How to Respond to Suicidal Cues
- ”Are you thinking about suicide?
- “You haven’t seemed like yourself; is everything all right?
- “Can I contact someone to help?”
- “I’m worried about you. Do you want to talk?”
- “Come on, pull yourself together!”
- “It’s not that bad!”
- “Don’t be stupid; you can’t be depressed.”
If you feel it is urgent, don’t leave them alone.