Suicide causes immense pain, suffering, and immeasurable loss to individuals, families and societies globally. Approximately, 112 Americans commit suicide every day. Suicide is the second foremost cause of death among 15-24 year olds and more than 9.4 million adults in the United States entertained serious thoughts of suicide within the past 12 months.
A person who has suicidal tendencies feels depressed and alone most of the time. The patient’s attitude and thoughts are all negative. Recurrent thoughts of killing oneself and ways and means to act on these thoughts are also common. Feeling of hopelessness and helplessness are constant. Anger and rage is also evident, at oneself as well as the situation, sometimes accompanied by extreme mood swings.
For diabetics, sometimes the disease is so overwhelming, especially if there is a lack of family support that, the person gets completely consumed by it and is looking for ways to end their existence. Their waking and sleeping hours are all spent with preoccupations of the disease. Often, the patient may feel like a burden on the family members, because he may have to depend on the family members for taking medication at the right time, having healthy and conducive meals, getting regular checkups etc. This feeling of being a burden may also give rise to suicidal thoughts.
Timely intervention is crucial for such people. Counseling as well as psychiatric help is required to effectively get a handle on the situation. Being part of a support group, where like-minded people meet to discuss and share their common issues is a good platform for such people to feel connected. It helps them to feel “not alone” and gives them courage and encouragement to tackle their problems positively.