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How Can You Help Loved Ones Dealing With Suicidal Thoughts?

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Suicide has had high rates over the years and is affecting more families each day. Every now and then, we see high amounts of suicide occurring. It is often highest among young people who think suicide will be an escape from their problems.

This is something that can possibly be prevented if the correct measures are taken at the right time. Here is what you can do to help prevent suicide.


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It can be difficult to console someone who is going through depression. However, depression is not something that cannot be helped. Even if depression repeatedly comes in waves, there are ways to overcome it.  You can help your loved ones and educate them on measures they can take to battle depression. You can read up on different mental conditions, recommend a therapist, and research methods that help alleviate symptoms of depression.

Reading up on an illness that your loved one is going through provides you with insight to the daily struggles they face. Educating yourself will enhance your knowledge of the issues they deal with and help you be a better support network for them.

Try to  Help Identify a Trigger

One of the best way to discover the root cause of a problem is to question. Gently asking questions may help your loved one feel safe enough to open up to you, which can be critical in certain situations. Shared below are some questions that you may ask if you notice one of your loved ones acting withdrawn or otherwise different from their usual self. It's important to let them know you are here for them, are nonjudgmental, and will be supportive.

·         When did you start feeling upset?

·         Did anything specific trigger this emotion?

·         Do you feel alone?

·         What would make your situation better?

·         What is making your situation worse?

·         Are you stressed?

Coping with Stress

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Stress can be dangerous for overall health. It can do damage both physically and mentally. It can become a barrier to growth and do serious damage. You become vulnerable to mood swings which can hold you back in your personal life and even at work.

A person going through severe stress needs to be taught how to deal with it. Identifying the cause of stress is important to find the cure. Even basic techniques such as breathing exercises can be used to reduce stress. Not many people are aware of many methods that exist to cure stress. Coping and managing stress is the most convenient and permanent way of dealing with it. There are medications that can help manage stress as well as natural techniques, such as meditation. Certain supplements and foods such as lavender and chamomile have been known to help relieve stress.

Join a Support Group

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Research shows that support groups can aid in fighting with depression. No matter what condition or mental illness a person is dealing with, support groups can help deal with stress.

When people share their stories with a support group, they can relate to others facing similar struggles. A lot of people battling mental illness feel isolated and like they are the only ones suffering; groups can help them see they are not alone. They can share experiences and develop a better understanding of one another. Under the guidance of an experienced therapist, group therapy can help set them on the road to recovery.

Give Hope

Hope is what keeps us going and remains with us in our darkest of times. It can change things around and provide us with a new, brighter perspective. To help a person dealing with suicidal thoughts, it is important to give them hope. Let them know they can rely on you and remind them that they matter and so does their presence. Communicate and share their problems; let them know they are here for a reason. If they need your time, let them know you are there for them..

Over the years, suicide has become an even more prevailing issue. Every day we wake up to discover that another life has been lost in the battle against depression. Suicide is something that can be overcome with help.

If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts or feelings of depression, please contact the resources listed below. Remember that you are not alone and confidential help is available for free.

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Suicide Prevention Hotline (Available free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)



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