BROOKLYN, New York. According to the New York Times, the suicide rate in the U.S. increased by 28 percent between 1999 and 2016. In a single year alone—2016—45,000 Americans killed themselves. With Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade’s recent suicides, suicide has once again captivated the national dialogue. Suicide is rarely the result of a character flaw, but rather is often the result of mental illness. With proper treatment, many suicides can be prevented. Not many people, however, are educated about the risk factors.
According to Woman’s Day, there are many risk factors and warning signs that a person or loved one may be at risk of suicide. The warning signs can also vary from person to person. However, the key sign that a person may be at risk of suicide is when a person changes their behavior. When it comes to major life changes like divorce, suicide risk can be higher because individuals may be going through serious changes, experiencing major stress, and suffering from deep emotional pain. If you or a loved one is going through a divorce, it is never a bad idea to seek counseling or the help of a qualified therapist to help you process these tough emotions.
Common warning signs for suicide include: talking about suicide, seeking access to means to commit suicide (buying pills or purchasing a gun), withdrawing from friends or family, experiencing mood swings, using more drugs or alcohol, experienced changes to a sleep pattern, anger, depression, risky behavior, or giving away personal belongings. Of course, some of these risk factors can overlap with behaviors individuals might experience during divorce. It is common for individuals to withdraw from friends or family during divorce, especially if family and friends are taking sides. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience mood swings, or to use alcohol more heavily while going through a divorce. Sleep can also be disrupted. However, if you notice this behavior with a loved one going through a divorce, it may be wise to seek help.
Individuals who have a family history of suicide, or those who suffer from mental illness should also be closely watched when going through a divorce. If you are a loved one or family member, check in more often, suggest that your loved one seek counseling, and provide resources, such as suicide hotline numbers. Recent changes in life, such as the loss of a loved one or divorce can also put a person at an increased risk of suicide.
If you or a loved one is feeling suicidal call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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