Depression: a Contributive Factor in Suicide
Latest statistics show that last year, over 800,000 people died by suicide around the world. As members of the community, we have a moral obligation to help and, if possibly, assist those in need, in times of crisis. Depression is present almost 90 % of the time a person suicides; many factors can cause it, and some of them are:
- Abuse of alcohol or other substances
- Stress and frustration experienced for a long time
- Body chemical imbalances
- Relationship failures
- Financial status changes; job changes
- Losses of relatives or friends that were very important in a person’s life
- Exposure to war conditions
They are many signals of depression, such as:
- Lack of positive motivation
- Appetite changes such as: eating too much, not eating at all.
- Low job performance
- Low energy level
- Feelings of helpless and hopeless
- Sleep patterns change: sleeping too much, or not enough
- Playing importance to issues of death
We can help somebody experiencing the symptoms described above and thinking of suicide, by motivating the person to either get professional help, or to call a Crisis Intervention Helpline, were they can talk about what is affecting them, in an unbiased setting, about their feelings, their losses, and will get guidance in identifying their reasons for wanting to die, while they may explore reasons to live.
Highly trained and caring Counselors at Switchboard of Miami’s 24/7/365 Helpline are always available to help those in need. If you, or someone you know is feeling depressed and, or suicidal, please call 305.358 HELP (4357), or dial 2-1-1.
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