People with suicidal intent often let others know about their thoughts in various ways. behavioural, verbal or non-verbal.
Visual / Behavioural Clues:
Changes in personality: sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic.
Changes in behaviour: Loss of concentration in everyday work, less energetic, exhausted.
Changes in sleep pattern: Fatigue, insomnia, frequent nightmares
Changes in eating habits: Loss of appetite or overeating
Sudden loss of interest in friends, sex, hobbies or activities previously enjoyed
Anxiety about money, health or dependant relatives.
Appearing to be losing control over life, going crazy, harming self or others
Different from normal ways - easily given to tears or unusually cheerful.
Undue haste in tidying up pending affairs (making a will, taking out insurance, clearing debts)
Expressing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Describing life or self as worthless, a failure.
Unable to perceive hope in life - no aspirations about future.
Expressions of guilt, shame and loss of self-esteem.
Frequent references to futility of life, death or suicide.
Suicidal risk is greater when an individual is facing unhappy situations such as:
Recent loss or break-up of a close relationship (death, divorce, separation, quarrels)
Disappointments in career or financial status (sudden illness, loss of job, failures, debts)
Perception of being threatened (legal actions, physical attacks)
Sudden / painful / prolonged / disabling illness (mental or physical)
Dependency on alcohol or other drugs.
History of earlier suicidal behaviour.
History of suicide in family.
Suicide Prevention Centre
Maithri, Kochi is a registered non-governmental organisation working for suicide prevention in Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. It operates as part of Maithri Foundation Trust, a registered public charitable trust.
Services offered: Maithri offers emotional support to persons undergoing emotional distress, who may be in imminent danger of taking their own lives. Maithri’s services can be accessed by:
E mails and letters
The volunteer present at the centre will spend time with the visitor (or the caller) for as long as is desired by him/her. No appointment is needed and no fees are accepted. Anonymity of the person who contacted will be protected. On receiving requests from persons or groups promoting suicide-prevention in Kerala, out-reach programmes are also conducted.
All interactions related to Befriending, including policies regarding confidentiality and anonymity, are governed by Samaritans International's “Eight-point Charter of Befriending.”
Ashir Bhavan Road
Kochi (Cochin) 682 018
In the US, the Centers for Disease Control reports that:
More people die from suicide than from homicide. In 1997, there were 1.5 times as many suicides as homicides.
Overall, suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for all Americans, and is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24.
Males are four times more likely to die from suicide than are females. However, females are more likely to attempt suicide than are males