Are you contemplating suicide? Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline here: 1-800-273-8255 or chat here with someone who can listen and help.
During the COVID-19 quarantine, mental health has been a hot topic. Tragically, many have committed suicide due to the overwhelming nature of such a pandemic, and the social isolation that has come along with it. The question remains: how do we aid in the prevention of suicide?
Stay Connected with Others
Check up on your friends and family and see how they are doing. Do not be afraid to ask pointed questions, as many will appreciate the sincerity of the inquiry. If you are struggling, let others know—you are not alone. You may see smiles on other’s faces, but often times people can relate to having suicidal thoughts or intense sorrow at some point. During this time, we can all come together in our struggles and encourage each other to keep going.
Keep your mind on future goals. If someone you know is struggling, give them the task of thinking about and writing down some future goals. Focusing your mind on something that excites you can provoke positive thoughts, and give a better outlook on the future than the present stresses of life.
Everyday, ponder upon what you are grateful for. What do you have, what positives have come from such a difficult time in the world, what can you gain from what you have lost? Ask others who may be struggling what they are grateful for—even if it is just having more time to work on themselves or spend time with their family.
Work On Self-care & Tidy-up
Often we feel self-care to be a selfish thing to spend time on, but this is vital for your overall well-being and mental health—encourage others with this reality. Run a bath, get some rest, go for a walk, listen to a podcast, read a book—do something to benefit your mind, body and soul. Take some time to tidy-up your room or house—clutter can cause anxiety, and clearing it up can give mental clarity.
What is the main cause of suicide?
Ranking 2nd under unintentional injury, from 10-34 years of age is death by suicide.1
This is staggering, and the sad reality is—these individuals only want their pain to go away, not to die. Many who commit suicide are facing intense mental strain; feeling hopeless, worthless, depressed, anxious, lonely or even post-traumatic stress symptoms from traumatic events that may or may not have been properly addressed.
Whatever the case may be, the key to overcoming these emotions is to set your mind on greater things. It’s okay to acknowledge your pain, but this is not the end—it will get better. Shift your focus from the present negatives to the positives of going through a rough patch in life. How can this situation better your future? Defaulting to this mindset through any hardship is highly beneficial, as you’ll begin to see hardships and difficulties as opportunities. Opportunities for growth; increased gratitude, strength, patience, etcetera.
If you’re contemplating suicide, please visit this site for ways to stay safe and find treatment. For immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline here: 1-800-273-8255 or chat here with someone who can listen and help.
1. Leading Causes of Death by Age Group 2017 (CDC)