How to tell if Your Loved One is Suicidal

How to tell if Your Loved One is Suicidal

Many people these days are thinking about committing suicide.  Lots of men and women have lost their jobs, loved ones and way in life.  For most people, suicide seems far away from their thoughts.  For people that are thinking about taking their life, suicide often seems like it is the best way to solve their issue.

Here are a few tips on how to tell if your loved one is thinking about suicide:

  • Your loved one is isolating themselves.
  • They are mentioning suicide and telling people that they want to die.
  • They are having outbursts of anger.
  • They have life endangering behaviors.
  • They are drinking alcohol in heavy amounts in hopes that they will not wake up.
  • They are abusing prescription medication in order to forget their reality.


If someone that you love is making you think that they are suicidal, call 1-800-273-Talk.  This is a suicide prevention hotline.  You will find answers through this hotline for your loved one.  If you suspect that your loved one is having issues with drugs/alcohol, it may be time for you to call an alcohol and drug treatment center. Often, people that enter into treatment have both an alcohol and drug problem that they are dealing with.  It is always a painful experience to watch a loved one spinning out of control.

According to an article published on , youth suicide rates rose between the years 2003 to 2004 by about eight percent.  If a person that you love is hurting, they need someone to talk to them. Often, our loved ones need a shoulder to cry on.  Many people with suicidal tendencies think that there is no hope.  The thought of death constantly surrounds them. Often, your loved one will turn to heroin or alcohol in order to fight these thoughts.  Many people that take heroin often die because of the abuse that they are having to endure.

The worst thing that you can do is nothing.  Stepping out to love your loved one is often the best way for someone to believe that there is hope.  Often, we have to step out of our comfort zone to help someone that is in need.  Your loved one may need and intervention to get them some help.  Many interventionists go out to families homes in order to get their loved one into treatment.

It is important to understand that not everyone will be open for treatment.  However, your loved one may not be aware of all the help that is available to them.  Remember that knowledge is power.





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