If you identify someone who is at risk for suicide and has exposed warning symptoms, I will suggest you please do not leave him alone. Seek the help of a mental healthcare professional right away and let them know about their suicidal ideation.
It is common that people often talk about their thought of suicide before they even attempt it, so pay close attention to what they are trying to tell you.
A number of suicidal ideation is cautiously designed over time or immediately. So, it is essential to realize that suicidal feelings and activities are signs of a sickness that can be treated.
Suicidal ideation or thoughts and feelings can be overcome with proper treatment and suicides can be prevented if you pay attention to listening to these people.
Suicidal ideation statistics
According to the National Mental Health Association, 30%-70% of suicide victims have suffered from a form of depression.
Men contribute to 75% of suicides, even though twice as many women attempt it. The risk for suicide appears to be higher earlier in the course of the depression.
Hence recognizing bipolar disorder early and learning how to manage it, is key to decreasing the risk of suicide by patients.
Essential risk factors for suicide
If you know that someone has bipolar disorder, you must understand that there are usually risk factors for suicide. And these risk factors include:
- having a substance abuse problem
- a previous suicide attempt
- having a family history of physical or sexual abuse
- having family members or friends who have attempted suicide and
- keeping a firearm in the home
People with bipolar disorder may become overwhelmed with suicidal ideation during a depressive episode.
If you know someone who is depressed, you should watch for warning signs of an impending suicide.
Signs of suicidal ideation:
- talking about suicide or having a wish to die
- always talking or thinking about death
- making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless, saying things like “It would be better if I wasn’t here” or “I want out”
- having a death wish or engaging in extremely risky behavior
- a loss of interest in things they used to care deeply about
- visiting people they care about
- writing or changing a will, or worsening depression.
The depressed person may have a sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy.
However, do not assume that this means that the person is better. Most of the time it appears to be the opposite, they are not okay.
Most of the time, they may have made and accepted plans to commit suicide and have some sense of peace with these plans.
A potential suicide attempt is an emergency. Call 911 or your country suggested an emergency helping center. If you feel unable to stop yourself from harming yourself or if you have a desire to commit suicide Call 911.
If someone you know mentions wanting to commit suicide Call 911. Calling 911 maybe your best option because bipolar disorder and depression are serious conditions.
If there is a potential risk of suicide, it is better to call emergency services and let healthcare professionals determine if there is a danger of suicide.