Suicide Prevention And Depression Of Suicide Essay

756 Words Aug 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Almost everyone has heard of a person that committed suicide or someone who has been personally affected by suicide. There is one death by suicide in the world every forty seconds (Suicide Prevention and Depression Information, 2015). Many people are shocked that a death has occurred by someone’s own hands. The loved ones that are left have had their whole life flipped upside down. They often ask what I could have done or what did I miss that caused it to happen that day. The truth is very few people see the warning signs of a depressed person who is thinking about suicide until after the act of self-harm. Everyone needs to know what to look for, what causes, how to react, and support a person if they are thinking of self- harming.
Many people don’t know what to look for in a depressed person, they just write it off on the person having a “bad” or “off” day; it normally isn’t until a form of self-harm has been done that everything comes into light. Some important warning signs of someone who is depressed are changes in sleep, changes in appetite, poor concentration, loss of energy, lack of interest, low self-esteem, hopelessness/ guilt, and movement changes (Depression, 2015) . Not everyone who is depressed is planning to kill themselves. Some major signs of a suicidal person are giving away possessions, lack of interest, unnecessary risk taking, preoccupation with death and dying, and talks about suicide (Womble, 2011). The first key to helping someone who is depressed or…

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