Suicide Prevention Month: If You’re Looking For A Sign Not To Kill Yourself, This Is It

Death by lightning strikes may appear rare, but they can be deadlier than tornadoes according to the National Weather Service. When an individual is struck by lightning, the electrical impulses travel near or inside the body affecting the cardiovascular and/or nervous system. This can lead to cardiac arrest if CPR is not administered. Moreover, the muscles of the human body can be damaged due to electrical impulses interrupted by the force of lightning strikes.

If you are blessed to survive this act of nature, one of the problems you may encounter is memory loss.  One may be unable to recall old memories or process new information. Small day to day activities become a difficult task.

When asked about the daily thought process, many survivors of suicide detail the same agony. There is a continuous electrical storm within their brain that they are unable to control. What was known as normalcy has been replaced by the never ending pain of regret, anxiety, depression, and/or fear. While there is no clear evidence connecting bullying to suicide, the increased cases of suicide among adolescents has caused alarm. Bullying is an aggressive behavior among school-aged children which can take place in-person or via social media. The aggressive acts include but are not limited to threats, spreading rumors, attacking one’s character, or excluding someone from a group. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is of the result of mental health conditions when they effect people when they are most vulnerable.

Suicide can have harmful lasting effects on individuals manifesting both mentally and physically. An emotional hemorrhage can metastasize as scratches or cuts on the wrist. What should be stressed is no one wants to die. Suicide is not a weakness nor is it a cry for help. There is just a need to shut up the incessant chatter in the brain. Some feel the only way to escape the” lightning strikes” is to find a permanent solution to a temporary feeling.

Recognizing the warning signs is our best defense against suicide. If observed, seek assistance as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional.

Warning Signs:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Verbal threats
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Hopelessness
  • Personality changes
  • Feeling like there is no way out
  • No sense of purpose in life
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Sleeplessness

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