Recognizing Emotional Wellness and Preventing Suicide
Posted: December 8, 2021
Suicide is a complex problem that is plaguing people around the world. Nearly 800,000 people commit suicide every year. While suicide is a culmination of despair that can result from many causes, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, there is always help and hope available. Here’s how to recognize the signs someone is thinking of hurting themselves, and where to find help. Reaching out for help is a sign of courage. Whether you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, reach out for help. Assessing emotional health Although specific causes of suicidal thoughts can be difficult to ascertain, a person’s emotional wellness weighs into the ability to cope with stress and despair. Emotional wellness refers to self-awareness and acceptance of one’s emotional reactions. It is your ability to bounce back from bad news, to handle loss, to get back up on the horse and try again after a failure, and deal with the stresses of everyday life. Individuals with strong emotional wellness are able to make positive choices and develop solid and healthy relationships. Those with compromised emotional wellness can fall into a debilitating sense of sadness, leading to thoughts of suicide. They cannot persevere because they don’t see the benefit in doing so, and they are inclined toward bad choices which continue their downward spiral. Warning signs to watch Be on the lookout for any of the following in yourself or your loved ones:
- Thoughts of despair. People who are contemplating suicide often act profoundly depressed.
- Attempts to self-harm. This activity is often seen as an outcry by a suicidal person to communicate their intentions nonverbally.
- Impulsive behavior. Suicidal people often talk about giving away their possessions and might engage in dangerous acts.
- Emotional detachment. Being apathetic and not caring about the world around them is a sign that emotional wellness is lacking.