Suicide often stems from depression, hopelessness, guilt, and the inability for people to deal with challenging life events. Depression is a key risk factor for suicide. Others include psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and a prior suicide attempt.
“[One main cause of suicide is] depression or possibly a chemical imbalance that affects our outlook on life.” counselor Trelica Dotie said.
Impulsiveness often plays a role among adolescents who commit suicide. According to Alex Lickerman in his article “The Six Reasons Why People Commit Suicide” on Psychology Today, if a person you know seems to have certain mood changes (even from neutral to over excited) they may be actively suicidal..
If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts call 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-talk (1-800-273-8255). Another way to get or give help is by downloading an app called “A Friend Asks”. The app helps provide information, tools, and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. If in an immediate crisis, call 911.
“Reach out and get professional help,’’Dotie said. “I think the way we can prevent suicide is by reducing the stigma that we put on people with mental health.”