|People often show their
suicidal feelings by..
|Being withdrawn and unable to relate
|Having definite ideas of how to commit suicide, and maybe speaking
of tidying up affairs, or giving other indications of planning suicide
|Talking about feeling isolated and lonely
|Expressing feelings of failure, uselessness, hopelessness or loss
of self esteem
|Constantly dwelling on problems for which there seem to be no
Expressing the lack of supporting philosophy of life, such as religious
|People who talk about it don't commit suicide
||Most people who kill themselves have
given definite warnings of their intention.
|Suicidal people are absolutely intent on dying
||Most suicidal people are ambivalent about
living and dying; they gamble with death
but may retain the desire to live.
|Suicide happens without warning
||Suicidal people often give indications of
thoughts (sometimes before the thoughts
become intentions) by words or actions.
|Once a person becomes suicidal, he/she is suicidal forever
||Suicidal thoughts may return. But they are
. not permanent, and in some people, they
may never return.
|After a crisis, improvement means that the suicide risk is over
||Many suicides occur in a 'period of improvement' when the person
energy and the will to turn despairing
thoughts into self destructive action
|Suicide occurs mainly among the rich/the
|Suicides occur in all groups in society.
|Suicidal behaviour is a sign of mental illness.
||Suicidal behaviour indicates deep unhappiness but not necessarily
|You are either the suicidal type or you're not.
||It could happen to anybody.