Speak Openly
Mental Health
Direct Intervention Intervening to save the life of a suicidal youth means conveying a sense of hope: you must be warm and very, very human in your approach. A spirit of simplicity and humility on your part is absolutely necessary. …
Formulating a Recovery Plan
Mental Health
It’s often not the place of a crisis counselor to participate in long-term therapy. Other specialist resources might be better suited to the moment. In the short term, the important thing is to get the sufferer to realize that he …
Possible Outcomes
Mental Health
Here are some possible outcomes of the suicidal crisis If the sufferer receives or gets the help they need to make key changes in their life, there can be some improvement. The sufferer can suddenly, miraculously, seem to snap out …
The Chain of Events
Mental Health
The length of time between the instant of personal loss and the act of suicide itself will differ. But events normally follow a certain progression, whether it takes hours, days or weeks. Generally stated, the process takes about 6 to …
Everyone is different
Mental Health
Emotions can make what seems to others to be an insignificant event feel like it’s the end of the world to us. A person’s filters can act like a magnifying glass, intensifying a glint of sunlight into a white-hot beam. …
The Key Moment
Mental Health
The true crisis moment happens when the sufferer realizes he or she can’t digest or handle an event in life that involves personal loss of some sort. The sufferer is drowning in despair. Hopelessness builds. Suicidal thoughts sit at the …
The Crisis
Mental Health
Every single serious personal crisis doesn’t necessarily lead to a suicide. Nonetheless, every crisis has certain characteristics in common: A high, accumulated level of stress, making the sufferer very fragile and vulnerable; The sufferer’s inability to use normal methods to …
Other Signs of Suicidal Intent
Mental Health
The sufferer may be seen Giving away precious personal items Settling debts, making peace with people Making out a will Praising the courage of those who have committed suicide Mourning a personal loss for an extended period of time Engaging …
Warning Signs
Mental Health
Incapable of clearly expressing distress, the suicidal person sends signals to those around them. These signals can be subtle, or jumbo-sized. These signals are appeals for help; a final search for some glimmer of hope before the tsunami hits. Remember, …