For many reasons, there are people who question the value of their own lives, of their own existence. Often, the most vulnerable do not disclose that they are considering suicide. It is possible to help those who are most at risk of taking their own lives. Despite the common belief that suicide rates peak during cold or darker months of the winter season, research on the seasonal effects on suicide rates suggests that the prevalence of suicide is greatest during the late spring and early summer months.  

Talk About Suicide

Suicide can be a difficult topic to approach. People often avoid talking about suicide because they fear they do not know the right words to say. They may fear the reaction of the person in need of help. Other people think it is best not to ask. They avoid the important questions because there is a misguided belief that talking about suicide, bringing up the subject, can give the vulnerable person the idea of taking their own life.

Talking Does Not Cause Suicide

It is important to know that talking about suicide, asking the important questions, will not in turn cause it. In fact, the opposite may be true. Having a caring, non-judgemental person to listen is more likely to reduce distress than cause distress. There is power in asking “Are you okay?”, healing may begin with “Is there any way I can help?” Asking questions gives the vulnerable an opportunity to vocalize their thoughts and reveal their risk.

Live a Life of Kindness and Compassion

 

There is a valuable lesson to be learned. Everyday, people come into contact with strangers who may be at risk of suicide. The best thing any person can do to reduce the risk of suicide is to show kindness and compassion to everyone, regardless of if they are at-risk or not.

Taking the time to reach out to a person, any person, and show compassion can turn someone’s life from bleak to hopeful. It could be a stranger passed on the street. It could be someone standing in line waiting for coffee. The power of kindness and concern can be life-saving. A simple act of caring can show the vulnerable that their life has value.

Friends, family members, and strangers who want to prevent suicide, often feel powerless or afraid. It is essential to conquer that fear. It is important to show kindness, show compassion, and ask the difficult questions. These are the first steps a person can take to change a life. These are the first steps to preventing suicide.  Just recently, it was discovered that Ketamine relieved suicidal thoughts within hours in a Hospital Study.