Suicidal Ideation

(TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide)

 

According to Samaritans of Singapore, suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 10-29. In 2019 alone, about 400 lives were lost to suicide. This concerning number highlights the gravity of suicide prevalence in Singapore.

 

Warning signs to indicate suicide ideation:

  • Pay attention to the things they say
    • Talking about wanting to die
    • Talking about feeling hopeless or trapped
    • E.g. “People around me are better off without me”
    • E.g. “My life is worthless”
  • Notice any change in behaviour of the victim
    • Giving away their valuable belongings
    • Saying goodbye
    • Researching suicide methods
    • Writing suicide notes
    • Sleeping too little or too much
    • Withdrawing and isolating self
  • Change in mood
    • Extreme mood swings
    • Increased irritability, and recklessness
    • Loss of interest in daily activities
    • Feelings of humiliation and anxiety

 

Risk factors 

  • Recent loss of a relationship/ person
  • Recent work/school failure
  • Exposure to suicide clusters/others who committed suicide
  • Mental disorders (especially mood disorders)
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Physical or chronic illness

 

What to do when someone is suicidal

  • Provide a listening ear
    • Oftentimes, individuals with suicide ideation do not actually want to end their lives, they only want to end the pain.
    • It is not necessary to come up with solutions to solve their problems. Instead, just by listening empathetically, they could calm down and more clearly think through their thoughts.
    • Ask open-ended questions to invoke thinking but avoid using “why” as it sounds like it is blaming the victim.
    • E.g. “What happened that made you feel this way?”
    • E.g. “What could happen if you decided not to do this?”
    • Check in with them regularly to remind them that you are here for them
  • Do not be afraid to talk about self-harm or suicide ideations
    • Talking about these actions are unlikely to trigger it
    • E.g. “Others in similar circumstances have thought about ending their lives, do you have similar thoughts?”
  • Avoid telling them “I know how you feel”
    • We don’t know how they feel but we can listen to understand the pain they are going through.
  • Encourage them to seek professional help
    • Talking to a therapist or counsellor can help to clarify their thinking and through that find their purpose and meaning in life
    • Approach your insurance company if cost is an issue

 

What you can do if you are feeling suicidal 

  • Do call 1800-221-4444 (24hr) - Samaritans of Singapore if you need someone to talk to
  • Find company, do not be alone
    • Talk to your family or friends
    • Find a different environment to be in to help lighten the mood
  • Note down your accomplishments and future aspirations
    • Instead of focusing on the failures, try to shift your mindset and congratulate yourself for how far you’ve come

Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better”

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