Suicide comes in many forms. Suicidal completion, suicidal thoughts, and suicide ideation provide terms for different forms of suicide. People who are suicidal are looking for a way to end the feeling of hopelessness, helplessness, and powerlessness to the sadness inside them or problems they are encountering. Suicidal people are crying out for help with dealing with strong emotions of grief and sorrow.
Completed suicides affect people in many negative ways. Survivors of suicide victims need support to and in Douglas County a Suicide Survivors group meets twice a month.
Symptoms and Danger Signs
Warning Signs of Suicide
- Ideation (thinking, talking or wishing about suicide)
- Substance use or abuse (increased use or change in substance)
- Puposelessness (no sense of purpose or belonging)
- Trapped (feeling like there is no way out)
- Hopelessness (there is nothing to live for, no hope or optimism)
- Withdrawal (from family, friends, work, school, activities, hobbies)
- Anxiety (restlessness, irritability, agitation)
- Recklessness (high risk-taking behavior)
- Mood disturbance (dramatic changes in mood)
Additional Warning Signs of Suicide
- Talking about suicide.
- Looking for ways to die (internet searches for how to commit suicide, looking for guns, pills, etc.)
- Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness.
- Preoccupation with death.
- Suddenly happier, calmer.
- Loss of interest in things one cares about.
- Visiting or calling people one cares about.
- Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
- Giving things away, such as prized possessions.
How to help someone who is considering suicide
- Listen and acknowledge that the person’s feelings are valid
- Avoid telling the person that everything is going to be alright, this may only make the pain worse
- Try to be understanding of their problems and not lessen their problems or invalidate their sad feelings
- Ask the person directly if they are thinking about suicide
- Tell the person that there are resources for helping them with depression and suicide thoughts
- Refer the person to resources and professionals who can help
- Remember suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem
- Call 911 or get immediate help if you feel someone is in danger
- Kids Count 2010 suicide rates 15-19, 2003 – 13.2%, 2004 – 11.2%, 2005 – 14%, 2006 – 11.8%, 2007 – 7.8%, 2008 – 4.7%
- NV YRBS: Percentage of students who felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities during the past 12 months 2001 – 24.2%, 2003 – 23.7%, 2005 – 22.2%, 2007 – 17.5%, 2009 – 23.0%
- NV YRBS Percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide during the past 12 months 2001 – 14.0%, 2003 – 12.2%, 2005 – 10.9%, 2007 – 9.8%, 2009 – 12.8%
- NV YRBS Percentage of students who made a plan about how they would attempt suicide during the past 12 months 2001 -12.2%, 2003 – 12.7%, 2005 – 11.5%, 2007 – 11.0%, 2009 – 11.5%
- NV YRBS Percentage of students who actually attempted suicide one or more times during the past 12 months 2001 – 8.3%, 2003 – 5.9%, 2005 – 5.9%, 2007 – 5.9%, 2009 – 8.7%