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How Can I Recognize Suicidal Thoughts in a Loved One?

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One of the scariest things a person may have to go through is navigating the situation with a loved one who is suicidal. It can be easy to forget your own well-being when faced with such a traumatic situation. This can be compounded by the uncertainties surrounding what it may look like when someone is suicidal.

Suicidal thoughts aren’t always easy to recognize from the outside. However, there are some visible red flags to look out for as to whether a person might be thinking about or planning to attempt suicide. It is also very important to note that if any of these red flags occur, it is best to reach out for help right away.

Yes, this is a very scary situation, but it is one that you do not have to go through alone.

Signs to Look for When a Loved One May Be Suicidal

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are several red flags to look out for when you suspect someone may be suicidal. Some of them include the following:

  • Talking about wanting to die or being a burden to others
  • Showing signs of feeling empty, hopeless, trapped, or having no reason to live
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Eating or sleeping more or less
  • Using drugs or alcohol more often

If you see any of these red flags, it is important to reach out for help. The good news is that help is out there waiting.

There Is Hope: Where to Get Help

There are many resources like your local emergency room and the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. These should be used right away when you suspect someone is in danger of committing suicide. From there, there are several options to get the help your loved one needs.

When someone is suicidal, they feel as though they are at the end of the road and nothing is going to help. This can be scary, but there are several therapies, treatments, and tools that can help your loved one get the help they need.

At The Guest House, we understand your fear and your pain. Please know that we want to help you get the help you and your loved one need.

When you suspect a loved one may be suicidal, you could feel helpless. You may feel the fear of not knowing what to do is what’s impeding your ability to help. Let others help you navigate that fear. Let others help your loved one get back on their feet. There are warning signs to look for; if you detect any of them, reach out for help right away. You can do this, and we at The Guest House can help. Please call us at (855) 483-7800 for more information.