Suicide: A silent killer
It is a dark and lonely place, and sadly it’s all-too common: one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide. Right now there are hundreds of thousands of people contemplating suicide.
Eight Australians will die today by taking their own lives – and most of those deaths are preventable.
So what can we do about it?
Statistics show that almost everyone who takes their own life gives some sort of clue or warning before it happens. By watching out for the warning signs of suicide, you can save a life. And by talking to your friends and loved ones about suicide, you can help to prevent this tragic event from occurring.
What are the warning signs of suicide?
Indicators that someone might be considering suicide include:
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness or disconnection
- Loss of interest in things
- Irritability, aggressiveness or mood changes
- Sleep changes (too much or too little sleep)
- Changes in eating patterns
- Self-harm behaviours (e.g. cutting) or other harmful activities
- Giving things away, putting affairs in order, saying goodbyes, writing goodbye letters
- Risky behaviour (e.g. consuming excessive alcohol or other drugs)
- Jokes or comments about suicide, death or dying.
What should I do if I think someone is going to kill themselves?
ASK. TALK. LISTEN.
Our doctors are literally just a phone call away..
You can reach out to us at any time www.docto.com.au or call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.