Suicide

Suicide is a significant cause of death in many western countries. Attempts at suicide, and suicidal
thoughts or feelings are usually a sign indicating that a person is not coping, often as a result of some event
or series of events that they personally find prostrating traumatic or distressing.Most people who attempt
suicide are confused about whether or not they want to die. They usually are desperate to find a way to
remove or stop emotional pain. A suicide attempt is often a cry for help that ends in a tragedy. In eight out
to ten suicides the person has spoken about their intent before killing themselves. In many cases, their
impact can be mitigated, or their prostrating mind will gradually decrease if the person is able to make
constructive choices about dealing with the crisis when it is at its worst. In some cases exceeding deaths by
motor vehicle accidents annually. Many countries spend limitless amounts of money on safer roads, but
very little on suic!
ide awareness and prevention, or on educating people about how to make good life choices.They need
someone to take them and their emotional pain and discouragement seriously. What is usually most helpful
is to encourage them to express them-selves without telling them how they should feel or think. In the vast
majority of cases a suicide attemptor would choose differently if they were not in great distress and were
able to evaluate their options objectively. Most suicidal people give warning signs in the hope that they
will be rescued, because they are intent on stopping their emotional pain, not on dying. Suicidal people
need friends who will listen patiently and show they care, and referral to a professional if possible. Since
this can be extremely difficult, so we may be better able to recognize and help other people in crisis, and
also to find how to seek help or make better choices ourselves.


People usually attempt suicide to block unbearable emotional pain, which is caused by a wide variety of
problems. A person attempting suicide is often so distressed that they are unable to see that they have other
options. We can help prevent a tragedy by trying to understand how they feel and helping them to look for
better choices that they could make. Suicidal people often feel terribly isolated because of their distress,
they may not think of anyone they can turn to, furthering this isolation.
In particular, those with satisfactory professional qualifications and those who earn a normal living,
appear in normal proportion.”
(Adolescent Suicide, Andr* Haim. Page 166)
Having suicidal thoughts does not imply that you are crazy, or necessarily mentally ill. People who attempt
suicide are often acutely distressed and the vast majority are depressed to some area. This depression may
be either a reactive depression which is an entirely normal reaction to difficult surroundings, or may be an
sad depression which is the result of a diagnosable mental illness with other fundamental causes. It may
also be a combination of the two. The question of mental illness is a difficult one because both these kinds
of depression may have similar symptoms and effects. Furthermore, the exact definition of depression as a
diagnosable mental illnesses tends to be slightly flowing and inexact, so whether a person who is distressed
enough to attempt suicide would be suffering from dental office depression may vary in different peoples
opinions, and may also vary between cultures.
On the basis of the low suicide rates in Catholic countries and among orthodox Jewish communities,
McAnarney (1979) suggested that religious culture may influence the suicide rate.”
(Suicide and Attempted suicide among children and Adolescents, Keith Hawton. Page 42)
It is probably more helpful to characterize between these two types of depression and treat each
accordingly than to simply diagnose all such depression as being a form of mental illness, even though a
person suffering from a reactive depression might match the diagnostic criteria typically used to diagnose
clinical depression.
In a society where there is much disgrace and ignorance regarding mental illness, a person who feels
suicidal may fear that other people will think they are “crazy” if they tell them how they feel, and so may be
unwilling to reach out for help in a crisis. In any case, illustrate someone as “crazy”, which has strong
negative hints, probably is not helpful and is more likely to prevent someone from seeking help which may
be very beneficial, whether they have a diagnosable mental illness or not.
A variable percentage of suicide completers have some contact with the mental health profession, but they
rarely are in treatment at the time of the suicide.” (Suicide and homicide among adolescents, Paul C.
Holinger, Daniel Offer, James T. Barter, Carl C. Bell. Page 109)
People who are suffering from a mental illness or clinical depression do have significantly higher suicide
rates than average, although they are still in the minority of attemptors. For these people, having their
illness correctly diagnosed can mean a lot of comfort to them.
Talking about the feelings surrounding suicide promotes understanding and can greatly reduce the
immediate distress of a suicidal person. In particular, it is find to ask someone if they are considering
suicide, if you suspect that they are not coping. If they are feeling suicidal, it can come as a great relief to
see that someone else has some insight into how they feel. The most appropriate way to raise the subject
will differ according to the situation, and what the people involved feel comfortable with. It is also
important to take the persons overall response into consideration when interpreting their answer, since a
person in distress may initially say “no”, even if they mean “yes”. A person who is not feeling suicidal will
usually be able to give a comfortable “no” answer, and will often continue by talking about a specific
reason they have for living. It can also be helpful to ask what they would do if they ever were in a situation
where they were seriously consi!
dering killing themselves, in case they become suicidal at some point in the future, or they are suicidal but
don’t initially feel comfortable about telling you. Talking completely about how to commit suicide can give
ideas to people who feel suicidal, but have not thought about how they did do it yet. Media reports that
concentrate solely on the method used and ignore the emotional backdrop behind it can tend to encourage
copy-cat suicides.

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Suicide is often extremely traumatic for the friends and family members that remain, even though people
that attempt suicide often think that no-one cares about them. In addition to the feelings of grief normally
associated with a person’s death, there may be guilt, anger, resentment, remorse, confusion and great
distress over unresolved issues. The disgrace surrounding suicide can make it extremely difficult for
survivors to deal with their grief and can cause them also to feel terribly isolated. Survivors often find that
people relate differently to them after the suicide, and may be very unwilling to talk about what has
happened for fear of criticism. They often feel like a failure because someone they cared so much about
has chosen to suicide, and may also be fearful of forming any new relationships because of the intense pain
they have experienced through the relationship with the person who has completed suicide.

The choice of an approach depends upon the therapists knowledge of techniques and skill in a particular
modality. It is important that the family not be scapegoated.” (Suicide and homicide among adolescents,
Paul C. Holinger, Daniel Offer, James T. Barter, Carl C. Bell. Page 132)
People who have experienced the suicide of someone they cared deeply about can benefit from “survivor
groups”, where they can relate to people who have been through a similar experience, and know they will
be accepted without being judged or condemned. Most counseling services should be able to refer people to
groups in their local area. Survivor groups, counseling and other appropriate help can be of tremendous
assistance in easing the intense burden of unresolved feelings that suicide survivors often carry.
The main reason people do not talk about suicide is because of the disgrace. People who suffer from
depression are afraid that others will think they are “crazy”, which is so untrue. And society still has not
accepted depressive illnesses like they have accepted other diseases. Alcoholism is a good example no one
ever wanted to talk openly about that, and now look at how society views it. It is a disease that most people
feel pretty comfortable discussing with others if it is in their family. They talk of the effect it has had on
their lives and different treatment plans. And everyone is educated on the dangers of alcohol and on
alcohol prevention. As for suicide, it is a topic that has a long history of being unclean, something that
should just be forgotten.And that is why people keep dying. Suicide is so misunderstood by most people,
so the myths are maintained. And the restricted prevents people from getting help, and prevents society
from learning more about suic!
ide and depression. If everyone were educated on these subjects, many lives could be saved.
There was a story, it was about a father who had two sons. The youngest son say to his father
Father, give me my share of the estate.”(Luke 15:11) So the man divide his property between. However,
the youngest spent all the things that his father had gave it to him and he come back his father. The man
was not mad and he make a feast for him. The elder son see it and very unhappy about it so when to his
father and told him this is unfair to him. But the man said My son, you are always with me, and
everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and
is alive again; he was lost and is found.” (Luke 15:31-32) This indicates that when someone had suicidal
thoughts we should not just look them down, even though suicide is immoral in the Christianity, but we can
not stop to helping people because what we can save a life and make them back into normal person again.
In many religions, suicide is considered forbidden. Historically, different religions have had different
attitudes about suicide. Judaism and Christianity both made suicide a sin. According to both religions,
only God can give life, so only God should be able to take it away. The commandment Thou shall not
kill” is seen to apply both to murder and to suicide. Christian influenced countries actually made suicide
against the law.
Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who remains the
sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life grate fully and preserve it for his honor and the
salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owner, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to
dispose of. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Page 608)
On the other hand we should not look down the people who had suicide thoughts, we should open our arm
wide enough to help those who need our care and help.

We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known
to him alone. God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The church prays for persons who
have taken their own lives. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Page 608)
Suicide is an issue which should be examined at by all angles. Not just from the angle that it is wrong”.
End of debate. Rather it should be looked at from the point of view that yes” for some people, they should
be allowed to die in peace. Attempted suicide is also relatively rare in children under the age of 12. After
that the rates increase constantly with age especially among girls, who are far more at risk of making
attempts than boys. A considerable amount is known about the characteristics of adolescent suicide
attempters, especially the disturbed care and family problems and the factors that reckless their suicide
attempts. Prevention of child, adolescent and adult suicidal behavior is an urgent task. Doctors, other
health professionals and teachers play an important role in identifying those most at risk, but this is often
difficult because their characteristics are shared by many more individuals who will not carry out suicidal
arts.



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