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Suicide is a complex issue, and every situation is unique. Accurately answering all the questions that suicide raises is hard. Some basic information can nevertheless help you gain a better understanding.
HOW CAN SOMEONE END UP CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE?
Suicide is multifactorial
Everyone eventually faces suffering. Indeed, pain, like happiness, is part of life. However, behind the distress that the person is experiencing is a life story that must be considered. When talking about suicide, you must remember that there is not one cause that leads to it but a set of factors. Each person’s life history means that, to varying degrees, they will have the tools needed to cope with a specific hardship. Developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles and tending toward balance allows us to be better equipped to cope with the tough times in life.
A Critical Period
Sometimes an event occurs and destabilizes the person, which triggers an imbalance (e.g. heartbreak, academic troubles, hard times at work, grieving, etc.). When people encounter difficulties, they try to get through them in various ways and with different approaches. People who are going through hard times are constantly trying to find ways to deal with their suffering, regain their balance and emerge from the situation.
Finding approaches that work can take some time; this can go faster with the help of a practitioner, who enables getting through hardships by identifying approaches to deal with suffering that suit you.
In some situations, the means identified by people in distress are no longer enough to reduce their suffering or are not adapted to the situation. They are no longer able to manage their distress. They have gone through their personal resources and exhausted all the means they thought were available to them. In this case, people may feel more overwhelmed by hardship and suffering. Like a person who has consumed alcohol, people in distress also find themselves impaired by suffering. Therefore, it prevents them from thinking clearly about their situation.
. Moreover, no longer knowing how to get out of the situation, they desperately seek a way to lessen their distress and stop the suffering. At that point, outside help is necessary to enable them to find new, effective approaches (physician, psychologist, employee assistance program, social worker, local community service centre, Sentinel, etc.).
Suicidal ideas = warning sign
Even briefly appearing suicidal ideas are a warning sign. This warning sign indicates that mental distress is increasing and the usual approaches to dealing with hardships are no longer enough; this means that the person should seek outside help. This warning sign must be taken seriously. Outside help will enable this person to identify ways to lessen his or her suffering.