Suicide Warning Signs – Counseling Can Save a Life

In Psychiatry


Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teens and college-aged kids.  Suicide is a difficult subject to discuss, but learning about it and talking about it can actually help save a life.  There are many warning signs as well as behavioral elements that may alert others to a potential suicide risk.  Educating yourself on suicide warning signs can help assist a person in getting the right mental health counseling and treatment they need.

Why Do People Consider Suicide?

Each and every person is different, and what they may be experiencing may not be easily understood by others.  Major life changes that are proving to be difficult may be a reason for a person to contemplate taking their own life.  The death or loss of a loved one, as well as depression and anxiety, can also be major contributing factors.  Loneliness and low self-esteem can contribute to the lack of a will to live, and other instances such as receiving negative medical news, substance abuse, and feelings of despair or hopelessness also increase the frequency of suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

Suicide Warning Signs

Those contemplating suicide can express some warning signs.  Keep in mind these signs may be either verbal or non-verbal.  If someone you know is showing any of these symptoms are expressing the difficulty they are having in their life at the moment.  Counseling can offer the help they need.  Sign include uncontrolled crying, withdraw, extended periods of sadness and depression, lack of interest in personal hygiene or appearance, risky behaviors, lack on energy, substance abuse, giving away of personal possessions, social media posts or expressions that involve a willingness to leave, disappear, or struggle with life.  These signs may be a cry for help.  If someone you know is expressing any or all of these symptoms, it may be time to seek professional help.

How can you help someone who is expressing an unwillingness to live?  Quietly connecting with the person that is struggling is one way to start the process.  Ask how you can help and be a good listener.  Avoid distractions while you are talking, and offer hope in the form of professional help.  Counselors are experienced professionals that can help your friend or loved one express their feelings and overcome the struggles in their life.  Awareness and prevention are key factors in assisting those with suicidal thoughts.

Suicide Prevention

Counseling can offer professional treatment to help the individual find hope.  Often times attempted suicides are attempted because the person feels extreme levels of helplessness, sadness, and despair.  Counseling can help identify and treat the underlying causes as well as help the individual learn effective coping mechanisms for present and future use and prevention.  Often times talking to a friend or family member does help, but it will not effectively treat the person that is suffering.  Professional assistance, especially with individuals who are losing their will to live, is the safest and most effective method of treatment.  Counseling can offer a safe and unbiased atmosphere where a person can feel safe and trusted.  Counseling can offer those with suicidal tendencies something they need most, and that is hope.


Michael Caruso, D.Ed

1717 Precinct Line Road Hurst, TX 76054
Mental Health
A well-respected and beloved psychologist with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Michael Caruso works for the Texas Health & Counseling Group in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. With a specialty in the psychophysiology of pain, Dr. Caruso is a graduate of East Texas State University/Texas A&M commerce.

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