We are usually puzzled and even criticized about suicide. After all, the idea that “it is better to die than live” commonly exists in our concepts. We explain to you why people who have attempted suicide have a high chance of committing suicide again, and how to prevent and treat suicide among family members and friends.
Suicide attempt and repeated suicide have high mortality rate
As the saying goes, “If you survive a catastrophe, you will be blessed later.” Traditionally, it is believed that suicide survivors can recover after experiencing the lowest point in life. However, for people who have just experienced death and survived, this statement is actually not correct and will not Easily shake their thoughts of seeking death.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 2016, up to 80% of survivors of a first suicide attempt died by suicide within one year of the incident.
Suicide prevention and treatment for suicide attempts should not be ignored
This study is a bloody reminder that when facing suicide, choosing to ignore the problem by covering your eyes or covering your ears will not make the situation better. Over the last few years more than 6,000 people in the UK have died by suicide each year. In 2021 there were 5,219 suicides in England, 347 in Wales, 753 in Scotland, and 237 in Northern Ireland. Suicide numbers have increased in 2021 in all nations except Scotland, where the number has decreased
If the patient is willing to seek help and receive psychological counseling or psychiatric treatment, things will definitely turn around. Studies have found that suicide attempters who are willing to cooperate with psychiatrists to continuously track their mood and condition or receive long-term hospitalization can reduce the chance of future suicide. We cannot think of suicide attempts as a single event that can be passed over. People with suicidal intentions actually need professional medical or counseling assistance.
Relatives and friends should not ignore suicide warnings
Although some suicides are indeed regrettable events caused by being unable to think about it for a moment, and there is no warning at all, if we only start prevention and treatment from survivors who have attempted suicide, it will not be urgent, because as many as 2/3 of people commit suicide for the first time. passed away.
The obviousness of suicide warning signs may vary from person to person, but as relatives and friends, we may still be able to see their silent plea for help from the following clues:
- Mentions of death and suicide in speech or writing
- Avoiding relatives and friends, not socializing
- Feeling helpless, desperate, extremely angry
- Feeling great guilt or shame
- Emotional fluctuations, prone to impulsiveness and reckless behavior
- Drug abuse, alcoholism
- Big change in personality
- Loss of interest in various activities
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Changes in eating habits
- Performance in schoolwork and work deteriorates
- Give away valuable personal belongings
- Write a will
Suicide cannot solve the problem, but it leaves the family with great sorrow. Please cherish life and give yourself another chance. If you have any problems you cannot solve you may contact the following platform:
- Suicide Prevention UK
Suicide Prevention UK
179 Whiteladies Road,
Bristol, BS8 2AG.
Tel: 0800 689 5652
- National Suicide Prevention Alliance
- Grassroots Suicide Prevention
Grassroots Suicide Prevention
113 Queens Rd
Tel: 01273 234834
The Upper Mill, Kingston Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 2AF
Tel: +44 (0)20 8394 8300
- Papyrus UK
Bankside 2, Crosfield Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1UP
Tel: 01925 572 444