[Extract from an article from Mental Health Matters – the South African Depression and Anxiety Group‘s magazine.]
People who are thinking about suicide might …
- Say ‘I wish I was dead’ or ‘I would be better off dead’ or ‘what is the point of it all?’
- Seem obsessive about death or dying by fantasising, writing letters or poems or draw pictures about it.
- Be depressed, losing interest in things they usually enjoyed doing, excessive feelings of guilt, shame or failure.
- Withdraw from friends or peers and isolate themselves.
- Engaging in risk-taking behaviours such as drinking and driving, unprotected sex or substance abuse.
- Have dramatic changes in eating or sleeping patterns.
- Have recently lost a family member or loved one, or suffer a “major” disappointment in their lives or gone through a very traumatic experience.