Many people wonder what are the signs displayed when an individual is suicidal. Well, sometimes there aren’t any. In many cases, the person will seem to be normal, even smiling and laughing. Deep inside, other things are going on that are not being displayed on the surface.
Others do show some signs and may say things like, “It would just be better if I was dead.” The problem with this is that despite these declarations, loved ones may brush it off and ignore the signs. They may even speculate that their loved one is simply attention seeking or being dramatic.
More signs that may be displayed are frequently talking about death, showing signs of depression, dangerous risk-taking behavior, loss of interests, making comments about being hopeless, putting affairs in order such as changing a will, mood swings, talking about suicide or calling and visiting people to say goodbye.
These signs should be taken seriously, especially if the individual has made an attempt on their life in the past. If signs are recognized and addressed early, it can help provide a better outcome. An individual who is suicidal needs mental health intervention along with family support and understanding.