Talking to Doctors About Suicide – Your Doctorcare247 Guide

Talking to a doctor on suicide

One person dies every 40seconds from suicide. .That’s close to 800 000 people every year according to the World Health Organization.

For every person who dies by suicide around 20 people make a suicide attempt, a reason immediate assistance is needed from a healthcare provider.

Suicide

Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life. WHO estimated 800,000 people die by suicide annually and Nigeria now ranks among the top suicide-prone countries.

Talking to Doctors About Suicide

If you feel suicidal in any way, you need to talk to your doctor about your suicidal feelings. Even though suicide conversations — with anyone — are scary, you absolutely need to have them.

If you feel you may hurt yourself or someone else or need help with distressing thoughts (including suicidal thoughts), Start a conversation with a doctor now.

These conversations prevent suicide. These conversations can save your life.

Our Doctors are available 24/7 to attend to all issues and answer all related question on the doctorcare247 App and our web platform

Talking to a doctor about Suicide

Warning signs that someone may attempt suicide

Some outward warning signs that a person may be contemplating suicide include:

  • talking about feeling hopeless, trapped, or alone
  • saying they have no reason to go on living
  • making a will or giving away personal possessions
  • searching for a means of doing personal harm, such as buying a gun
  • sleeping too much or too little
  • eating too little or eating too much, resulting in significant weight gain or loss
  • engaging in reckless behaviours, including excessive alcohol or drug consumption
  • avoiding social interactions with others
  • expressing rage or intentions to seek revenge
  • showing signs of extreme anxiousness or agitation
  • having dramatic mood swings
  • talking about suicide as a way out

If you suspect that a family member or friend may be considering suicide, talk to them about your concerns. You can begin the conversation by asking questions in a non-judgmental and non-confrontational way.

Talk openly and don’t be afraid to ask direct questions, such as “Are you thinking about suicide?”

During the conversation, make sure you:

  • stay calm and speak in a reassuring tone
  • acknowledge that their feelings are legitimate
  • offer support and encouragement
  • tell them that help is available and that they can feel better with treatment

Listening and showing your support is the best way to help them. You can also encourage them to seek help from a professional on doctorcare247

Offer to help them find a healthcare provider, help them to use the DOCTORCARE247 App from Playstore, AppStore or go to www.doctorcare247.com to start a conversation with a doctor.

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