Suicide Prevention at Sky Ridge Medical Center

When You Fear Someone May Take His or Her Life

Most suicides give some warning of their intentions. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says that the most effective way to prevent a friend or loved one from taking his or her life is to recognize when he or she is at risk, take the warning signs seriously and know how to respond. Here are some suggestions from AFSP:

  • Take the Threat Seriously – 75% of all suicides give some warning to a friend or family member.
  • Be Willing to Listen – Ask what is troubling your loved one, ask if he or she is contemplating suicide, let the person know you care and understand. Avoid the temptation to say, “You have so much to live for,” or “Your suicide will hurt your family.”
  • Seek Professional Help – Encourage your loved one to see a physician or mental health professional immediately. Offer to go along if that’s what it takes.

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talk of dying or suicide
  • Recent loss related to death, divorce, job or money
  • Change in personality
  • Change in behavior
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Change in eating habits or weight
  • Diminished sexual interest
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • Fear of losing control
  • Low self esteem, feelings of worthlessness
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • No hope for the future

Depression and Suicide Common for Men

Mental health concerns are a top health priority for men. In fact, more than 6 million men in the U.S. have depression each year and men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women.

Signs of Depression in Men

Men who are depressed may be irritable, aggressive, or hostile. Other symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Feeling tired
  • Trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Trouble sleeping, waking up too early, or oversleeping
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Thoughts of death or suicide with or without suicide attempts
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Physical symptoms that defy standard diagnosis and do not respond well to medical treatments