By: Dr. Halee Mak
People often falsely believe that suicide is only a direct result of depression. While there is an increased risk of suicide in depressed people, not everyone who attempts or commits suicide is clinically depressed.
Individual risks include:
Easy ACCESS to weapons or lethal means
History of trauma or abuse
Family history of suicide
A recent triggering- stressful event
Suicide is hopelessness, shame, pain, and the inability to see past the moment.
Simply telling someone who wants to end their life that "it's not that bad, prayer will solve this, or you will get over it" is not enough and it invalidates their experience.
Perhaps the most tragic form of human loss: Sometimes we could have done more to help, sometimes there is nothing we could have done. This is the guilt of those left by the deceased.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Available 24 hours everyday
The Trevor Project
24 hours everyday
US: (877) 565-8860
Trans Lifeline operators are available 18 hours a day every day of the week.
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Mountain time: 9am to 3am
Central time: 10am to 4am
Eastern time: 11am to 5am
Also review the suicide prevention directory here