Suicide is the act of causing one’s own death. It is seen by suicidal persons as a way to escape real or perceived pain or suffering. It is usually linked to psychological factors such as; Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mental /emotional trauma, for example; rape, heartbreak, failure in school, business et cetera or physiological factors like having a terminal illness for example; Cancer

Anybody can be prone to committing suicide but it is mostly within the age range of 12-35 because the pressure of peers, families and society’s expectations within this age range is high.

There are warning signs to show that someone needs help which includes the following;

The person talks about wanting to kill themselves.

Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating — that gets worse

The person uses more drugs or alcohol than usual.

The person seems very scared or worried:

Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless

The person does not want to spend time with others.

The person does things that may be dangerous and does not think about what might happen.

The person’s mood changes in big and unexpected ways.

Here’s how you can help:

Listen.

Many people feel like they are all alone with their painful feelings. Listening shows them that they are not alone. You do not have to say much at all. You just have to be there for them.

Take the person seriously. They are in a lot of pain and they need help.

Take that person seriously. Listen to what he or she is saying. Take the initiative to ask that person what he or she is planning. But don’t attempt to argue him or her out of committing suicide. Rather, let the person know that you care and understand and are listening.

Show that you understand they have a serious problem and you’d be there every step of the way.

The fact is;

Someone dies by suicide almost every day.

One in every nine people has thought about suicide at some time.

People who die by suicide do not necessarily want to end their lives. They want to get rid of bad things in their lives. They do not know what else to do.

A suicide attempt does show that someone needs help. People who attempt suicide often think it is the only way to stop their pain. Their feelings are very real and very hard to deal with.

Most people who die by suicide have attempted suicide in the past.

You do not need to have a mental illness to think about suicide. Some people think about suicide because they do not know what else to do. But many people who attempt suicide or die by suicide have a mental illness. They may not be aware they have a mental illness at the time.

Talking honestly about suicide is a good way to find out if someone needs help. Talking about suicide lowers the risk of suicide.

So there’s a lot to be done and a lot that you can do to ensure less people take their own lives. It is HelpMeOut principle assignment to help you and to provide a platform where you can also help someone. However, we can’t do this if you don’t let us hear your story and you can’t help someone if you don’t first convince them that you understand their situation.

So share your experience and save others!