Sometimes life can feel overwhelming. There is so much going on and some of it is very difficult to deal with. Failing a big test, being bullied, a break-up, that huge fight with a parent or friend, and pressure to succeed, belong and fit-in – it can all build up and, for some people, it can seem like things aren’t going to get better. These feelings can lead to suicidal thoughts.
What are the warning signs of suicide?
If you see some of the warning signs, or you feel there’s something wrong, take action and ask someone you trust for help.
How do you talk to a friend about suicide?
If you notice some of the warning signs in a friend, talk to them. Whether you go to them, or they start the conversation with you, here are some helpful tips.
In the light of this timely reminder of how common mental illness is – even in the happiest countries – the stigma still attached to these conditions is remarkable. Pretty much everyone can expect either to experience a problem themselves or to know someone who has, discrimination against people with mental health problems is all too common, with much of that hostility coming from family and friends.
As a society, it is high time we faced up to the fact that mental illness is just as routine as physical illness (and assuredly no more shameful), and provided the high-quality, timely care that these conditions require.
We desire to be respected and hope we are in various ways needed, but the question is, are we willing to be known for what we do? Not the work, not the position, not the status, but the true meaning of us to those we touch through our own lives. This is the meaning of authority.
Life is not about all the epic moments of great importance, but all the seemingly less important things that together make the day beautiful or another cruel entry in the diary—the bouncing atoms of our every day. It is this that makes the whole of us.
What absolutely defines a person is what they do at any given moment of truth—it defines the very fabric of who they really are.
Follow your own personal authority both carefully and responsibly, and you’ll find you can motivate and inspire others. I wish you a fair journey so that you may help others to fare well.