It is heartbreaking when a loved one start talking about suicide and feels hopeless about life that he/she things ending it is the only option. In such situations, you will see that no matter how hard you try to cheer them up, they would refuse to think differently.
It isn’t their fault as they are highly vulnerable at this point in their lives. An expert intrusion is needed to help them. This article will give you an insight into different situations and how these expert backed tips will help you save your loved one from committing suicide.
They have had a terrible breakup
The divorce rate in India has increased but the statistics tell that people are not yet prepared to take the emotional disturbance that follows up with it. In such situations, people feel unworthy and discouraged. They run extremely low on confidence and breakups often make people feel unwanted. They might not have an open dialogue about the suicidal thoughts in their minds but you should look out for sign. Loss of appetite, isolation and dysfunctional behavior are some common indications.
How to help?
Try not to leave them alone. Make frequent plans of get together and stay in constant touch with them either over the phone or through texts. It is important to make them understand that only the love that comes from a partner shouldn’t be looked out for. Love can come from different places and from different persons.
They are dissatisfied with their office environment
Office politics can prove to be heavily troublesome. Biasedness, bullying or harassment at workplaces can extensively affect a person’s emotional status and can lead them to a depressed state of mind. The stress hence caused can sometimes be fatal and persuasive towards suicidal thoughts.
How to help?
Before we reveal how to help, let me guide you how not to. Kindly don’t say things like ‘It is no big deal’. This will make the person even more hopeless and wouldn’t be a solution to the problem. Ask them to approach the HR Dept. for help and if that doesn’t work you should motivate them to quit the job and look for better opportunities.
They are distressed as their loved one is suffering from a terminal disease
To see your closed ones lying on a deathbed and suffer from an incurable disease is as depressing as being in their place. A study depicts that nearly one third of people taking care of their loved ones suffering from lethal diseases are depressed.
How to help?
Step in and motivate them to indulge in their favorite activity at least twice a week. Tell them that it does not mean that they are being selfish instead it is essential to be sane and rationally equipped. It is important to give yourself some time to keep going. Else, the thought of your loved one inching closer to death will only pave way to suicidal tendencies.
I know that it is extremely hard to take control of such situations but these methods can be extremely helpful. If you think none of the above is working in your case then you must know that you should get your loved one some immediate counseling and medical attention.
Ashwathi is an enthusiastic traveller and dancer with a passion for movies and music. Hailing from an Army background, she considers herself fortunate enough to have experienced the diverse cultures that India boasts of. She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Communications and has worked in print, radio and television.