SUICIDE: HOW TO KNOW SOMEONE IS ABOUT TO COMMIT SUICIDE
Suicide is to purposefully take one’s own life out of misdirected self-love.
Statistically, there are roughly 29,000 successful suicides in the United States each year; compared to 19,000 murders and 13,000 AIDS related deaths.
Suicide has never been a solution to any problem. Rather, it makes whoever the deceased leaves behind to grief and mourn.
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Honestly, there are suicidal behaviors to look out for in anyone who is on the verge of committing suicide. There are indications that a person is considering suicide.
And I’m writing this so that we can also help at reducing the rate at which suicide is committed in this country.
If you notice any of these signs, please seek help from professionals or spiritual leaders.
These are the suicidal signs/symptoms;
And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and SEEING THE PRISON DOORS OPEN, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
When the Philippian jailor woke up and could not find Paul and Silas. He lost hope and thought the next thing for him to do was to kill himself.
He lost hope immediately that he did not even bother to find them.
The first suicidal sign is hopelessness. Listen, when you get to a point where you have no hope. It’s a point you don’t believe that your tomorrow will be greater than today. Beware!
There is always light at the end of a tunnel. The Bible says, hope maketh not ashamed. The devil will try as much as possible to blind your eyes to golden opportunities that abound.
Any man who says he doesn’t hope things will be better is very close to committing suicide. We must try to help him.
One of the proofs of hopelessness is to give up. The jailor refused to find Paul and Silas. Therefore, he gave up.
So, when a man gives up trying, struggling and praying to make things better he is at risk for suicide.
Realistically, one will want to leave this world by killing himself/herself when he sees nothing good in this world.
Let’s look out for this sign in people who are very closed to us.
Hopelessness is the pregnancy that gives birth to suicide. To avoid suicide, be hopeful for a better tomorrow.
• Constant statement about suicide
1 Samuel 31:4
Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, DRAW THY SWORD, AND THRUST ME THROUGH THEREWITH; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. THEREFORE SAUL TOOK A SWORD, AND FELL UPON IT.
In this story, Saul wanted to die and he told his armour bearer about it. He wanted to die and he made it known to someone who was closed to him at that moment.
Afterwards, King Saul ended up killing himself(suicide). So, it’s possible to know who is at risk for suicide by what they say.
Obviously, it is not everyone who wants to commit suicide that will talk about it.
However, there are some people who will talk about it before they commit it.
For instance, when your friend approaches you and begins to say; “I’ll kill myself someday.” Please, do not abandon such person.
You can refer him to someone who can help him.
Find out what his issues are and how you can be of help. Do not trivialise the issues of those who always say to you that; they are going to kill themselves someday.
I have heard of many stories from the friends of those who committed suicide.
Some of them once said that his friend told him he was going to commit suicide one day but he thought it was a joke. He laughed it off.
A day after, the man committed suicide and died.
Therefore, Whoever says to you he is going to commit suicide. Move closer to him and make sure you help him.
• Frequent Loneliness
1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day’s journey into the WILDERNESS, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
In this above sighted passage, Elijah went into the wilderness when he wanted God to kill him.
Elijah did not stay where many people were. He left his place. He chose to stay alone. So, he might die alone.
Till today, people still use this strategy whenever they are about to commit suicide.
People like that would separate themselves from group of people and choose to die alone.
Beware! If you notice someone who loves staying around people.
All of a sudden, that person now steers clear of people. Beware! He/she might be contemplating suicide.
Honestly, there is propensity for those who live all alone to commit suicide.
Those who are lonely are the ones that are more tempted with suicidal thought. Let’s try and be around people.
Suicide thought easily gains entrance into the hearts of lonely people.
One of suicidal signs is frequent loneliness.
When people withdraw unnecessarily from the midst of people to stay alone frequently. We need to reach out to them and find out what’s wrong with them.
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1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I AM NOT BETTER THAN MY FATHERS.
Elijah did not see anything in him that made him more better than his forefathers. He had lost his sense of worth.
He could not see anything good in his life. He saw himself as a worthless man.
Statement like “I am good for nothing,” “I cannot make it,” “I am not useful,” and so on.
Are the statements that reveal the state of man’s worthlessness. Every human being has value and every human being is useful.
Worthlessness will make you concentrate more on your weaknesses than on your strengths.
My friend, you are highly valued. Work on yourself and increase your value.
So, any time people tell you they are worthless.
Do not hesitate to make them see their worth and how great they are. Those people might have been considering suicide. Try to help them
Depression is an impetus for suicide. When a person gets depressed, he will always be sad.
He will think and think until he is fed up till he commits suicide.
Basically, depression is a feeling of sadness and total loss of interest in things that matter.
A depressed person is someone who can cry all day. Someone who can loose interest in everything that has to do with this world.
He may not want to go to his place of work again. If depression is not carefully handled and treated, it could lead to suicide.
Watch out for these signs in people who are likely to commit suicide.
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