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 People who become withdrawn or depressed may be considering suicide.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.