In several cases, suicide can be prevented. Research recommends that a good way to prevent suicide is to know the risk factors. Suicide is not a part of mental illness in itself, but a major potential consequence of several mental disorders, particularly major depression.
Following are few of the possible important major warning signs that a person may be at risk for suicide:
- Excessive depression : Long-lasting depression and mood swings can be symptoms of depression, a major risk factor for suicide.
- Sudden calmness: Suddenly becoming calm after a duration of sadness or moodiness can be a symbol that the person has made a decision to finished his or her life.
- Withdrawal: Selection to be alone and not entertainment, friends or social activities also are possible symptoms of sadness. It shows a loss of interest or pleasure in activities the person previously enjoyed.
- Changes in personality and/or appearance: A person who is considering suicide might exhibit a change in attitude or nature , like as speaking or moving with unusual speed or slowness. In addition, the person might suddenly become less concerned about his or her personal appearance.
- Dangerous behaviors- Potentially dangerous behavior, like as reckless driving, engaging in unsafe sex, and increased use of drugs and/or alcohol might highlighted that the person no longer values his or her life.
- Recent trauma or life crisis: A major life crisis might trigger a suicide attempt. Crises involved the death of a loved one or pet, divorce or break-up of a relationship, diagnosis of a major illness, loss of a job, or major financial issues.
- Making arrangement: Often, a person considering suicide will start to put his or her personal business in order.
- Threatening suicide: Not everyone who is considering suicide will say so, and not everyone who threatens suicide will follow through with it.