Suicide is a serious issue that many people prefer not to discuss, but it is something that affects many people at some point in their life. Suicide can be a very difficult thing to understand. If someone you know may be suicidal, it’s important to recognize the signs beforehand so they can get the help and counseling they need. With proper education, everyone can be made more aware of the possible risks for suicide as well as the underlying causes. There are many different reasons someone may want to commit suicide, and in many cases, they can be saved if they get the help they need in time.

Signs

While not all signs of being suicidal mean that the person will commit the act, you should be able to recognize potential warnings. People who become withdrawn or depressed may be considering suicide. If you know someone who normally does not drink alcohol or do drugs and they suddenly start, this could be cause for alarm. Other signs include talking about being a burden to others, extreme feelings of guilt or despair, or even mentioning committing suicide to someone else. People who begin to sleep a lot or not at all or those who start giving away their belongings for no apparent reason may also be at risk. If someone you know loves to play sports, for example, and then suddenly loses interest, this is another red flag. Those who completely lose interest in hobbies and friends might be at risk for either depression, suicide, or both.

At Aspen Counselling we work with individuals, families, couples and teenagers in assisting people to explore what is impacting on their lives in a negative way and develop new insight into finding more positive ways in overcoming difficulties.

When I first enquired about counselling I was a complete mess. Despite being quite a social person and heavily involved in sporting clubs, I felt so sad and lonely.  I had zero self-esteem or self-confidence. I used food as my crutch and was definitely what you consider an ‘emotional eater’.  I was completely incapable of making decisions/talking about my feelings, I was unable to say ‘no’ and was the definition of a ‘people pleaser’. 

I finally made the brave decision to ring Aspen counselling, who put me in touch with my counsellor Fiona and I am pleased to say, I have never looked back. The first few sessions were very painful and a blur if I’m honest. I think I spent most of that time crying and would leave each session with big, puffy, swollen eyes. But as each session passed I began to understand why I was feeling and acting the way I was. Fiona simply ‘got me’ from our initial meeting and we have worked together in sync for the past five and a half years. Fiona listened to me, understood me, requested me to dig deep and answer questions in relation to my past, never judged me, offered me advice, set me challenges and pushed me to be the best version of myself I could be.

I am now 38 years of age and the happiest I have ever been in my life. Every aspect of my life has changed dramatically: my health, social/personal/love/professional life have all been turned upside down. I always dreamed of this day and through hard work and determination and having Fiona’s words of wisdom ringing in my ears, I feel I can conquer any challenge that lies ahead. I am more confident and willing to talk about my feelings and difficult situations. I feel so in tune with myself and am well equipped with the skills to continue to persevere and push through any obstacle life presents. I am literally so proud of myself and all I have achieved. I have the life I wished for and more importantly the life I deserve. I would highly recommend counselling and simply ‘talking’ to anyone who is going through a difficult patch.

Anne

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