Depression can debilitate a student to the point of not wanting to live. Statistics show us that groups of people that are at the most risk for suicidal ideation are young adults under the age of 21. There are many different risk factors that put a person in a horrible light to fall victim to suicide. If you see friends, peer, loved one or even yourself under the influence of any of these factors seek help immediately.
- Untreated Depression
- Untreated Anxiety
- Talk of hopelessness
- Unwillingness to seek help
- Alcohol/substance abuse
- Access to lethal means
Those who are seriously thinking about suicide may not out tell you about it. What they will do is joke around about suicide a lot. If someone is seriously contemplating suicide they will also start making a plan. If someone you know comes up to you to talk about suicide, ask about their plan. This will give you a good range of idea of how serious they are about what they are saying. While there are many different risk factors that could lead a person to suicide there are also a lot of warning signs. Some of the warning signs include:
- Appearing sad all of the time
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Dramatic mood changes
- Abusing drugs of alcohol
- Losing interest in activities
- Personality change
- Making drastic physical changes (haircut, makeup, etc.)
- Acting reckless
- Performing poorly in school
- Giving away personal items
- Writing a will.
While some people may show warning signs there are others who may not show any at all. This is why spreading love is so important. You have no idea how the person next to you may be feeling and you have no idea how important a hug may be to a person. We must show love to everyone around us for the ones that do not receive it. If we could start there we may be able to start some change. If you believe that you or a friend is at serious risk of suicide the best thing to do is get help immediately. Push back; don’t let them push away from you. Tell a family member or bring them to a school counselor. If things are immediate tell your campus security and they will get the person the help they need.
If you are personally having problems of suicide ideation please, go get help. Tell anyone- be it a friend, roommate, resident assistant or even a professor. You are not being a problem and you do deserve life. More importantly you deserve to love life. This link will lead you to the suicide prevention lifeline if you need someone to tell and you have no one.
Do you know of any other warning signs of suicide that I missed? What do you think about this topic? Let me know what you think!
Below is a video of actual accounts of students who fell victim to suicide in college and about their families now. Just another way to show love and support to those who need it.