If you believe that you or someone you know may be suffering from depression or have suicidal thoughts, you can learn more by clicking on the links below.
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If you are experiencing overwhelming feelings of grief, pain, loss, anxiety or having thoughts of ending your life, please call the Lifeline Crisis Line immediately.
Lifeline Crisis Support
13 11 14
Are any of these statements true for you?
The statements above represent emotional and behavioural changes that are associated with suicide. If several of them apply to you, then it is really important for you to read more.
If you are experiencing major changes in your life or personality, you could be at risk for harming yourself. To assess this further, see if any of these behaviours describe you lately.
Suicide, the act of deliberately taking one’s own life, has been described as an attempt to solve a problem of intense emotional pain with impaired problem-solving skills (Kalafat & Underwood, 2013). Suicidal behaviour is any deliberate action that has potentially life-threatening consequences, such as taking a drug overdose or deliberately crashing a car (Dyer, 2006).
While every case of completed suicide is unique, there are several common factors which tend to be present when someone is contemplating suicide. Often, the person is experiencing rigid, black-and-white thinking, as opposed to entertaining an array of possible solutions for what is bothering them. The person is being motivated to act by unbearable psychological pain. The idea to kill themselves seems to be a way of stopping their consciousness, and thus represents a solution which seems to afford them the escape they desire. Usually, the person doesn’t want to die, per se, but their needs have been frustrated, and they feel both hopeless and helpless. They try to employ any methods they know about for problem-solving, including communicating about their mental state to others, but their time-worn problem-solving methods are inadequate, and – all too often – others fail to understand how badly they are suffering, and so don’t “hear” the plea for help (Oltmanns & Emery, 2013).
You might be interested to know what the risk factors are for suicide (that is: what factors would tend to put you or someone you know at higher risk for committing suicide). Most of the factors are associated with difficult life changes:
If you find that you a number of boxes on the previous screen relate to you – and especially if some of the above risk factors– it is imperative for you to seek professional help immediately.
If you are having suicidal thoughts or have experienced a personal crisis, please contact Lifeline Crisis Support immediately on 13 11 14.
Mind Your Head is an initiative of the Australian Counselling Association, a national professional association for qualified Counsellors.