Writer’s Name: Reginald Antione Ward
Title: The Warning Signs of Suicide
When dealing with depression leading to suicide, some of the warning signs are carefully visible. In some other cases, the signs are not there at all. We as people only expose what we want to be exposed. In some cases those seeking help, reach out to others for that help. In some suicide cases, the person covers it up and just wants to end their life for many reasons. I have never personally known anyone who has actually took their own life, but I have come across suicidal individuals.
Some of the warning signs are when individuals stay to themselves, closed up in their rooms, or are dealing with rejection from others. Those who have low self-esteem or those who have been bullied are high risk as well. Individuals that are feeling unloved are also at risk for committing suicide. When a person all of a sudden removes themselves from their normal surroundings is another warning sign.
The question is how do we help those dealing with this mindset? How do we work with them? I believe it’s all in the mindset of the individual. We all must love. We must let everyone surrounding us know that they are loved no matter what. We were all given a life and it’s sad because we as people can help lower someone’s self-esteem. I cannot imagine what those who have committed suicide must have been going through mentally. The feeling of being alone, the feeling of feeling unwanted. Thinking about the feeling of thinking no one loves you or the feeling of even thinking that your life is over.
Suicide is not a game and it is truly up to us to really check on our friends, whether they are sad or happy. Talking things out and letting the people we associate with know we are there for them is also helpful.
Many times there signs when someone wants to commit suicide, and at other times it
just happens out of nowhere. Many times people say, “I had no idea”- referring to one who has committed suicide successfully or attempted suicide. We all have to just stay prayed up because each person’s mindset is very different and you never know what the next person is going through. Usually, when real famous celebrities suddenly commit suicide, it becomes the biggest shock to society. This goes back to my point, which is, no matter if the signs are there or not, we never truly know what is going on in the mindsets of others. Depression is no joke, and depression at times leads to suicide attempts. We have to all wake up and pay attention to the people surrounding us and look at the big picture. We all struggle with something, and we should never judge another person’s struggle, but yet encourage them through it all. The next person who attempts suicide could very well be one of the people in our lives that we least expect.