World Suicide Day - Know what to look for

Every year, Samaritans campaigns to raise awareness of suicide prevention, and every year, organisations and communities come together to create a world where fewer people see suicide as their only option.

There’s loads of information on their website, which you can view here. So today, we’re going to simply give you a list of the warning signs of suicide and indicators that a person may need urgent help. This is going to be a short article, but we hope that it gives you the knowledge you need to save someone’s life:
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxiously, agitated, or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself
  • Talking about feelings of hopelessness or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
It’s important to know that suicide does not have one single cause, and that a person struggling may not be showing any of these warning signs. Check in with people and ask them if they’re ok. If in any doubt, ask them twice and share something personal to you to help them open up, too. If you, a friend or colleague, or a family member are struggling then please know that help is there. Call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit their website. Written by Everyday Juice Limited.