Suicide is one of the leading causes of mortality in the united states individuals commit suicide for different reasons and there are a number of…

Try: Suicide is one of the leading causes of mortality in the united states individuals commit suicide for different reasons and there are a number of factors that can lead to suicidal thoughts dealing with a Care recipient (cr) with suicidal tendencies can be very difficult and challenging if the problem is detected early enough the caregiver may be able deal with it more effectively and possibly prevent suicide caregivers should be aware of the following red flags warning signs and changes in behaviors and attitude that may indicate that the cr is having suicidal thoughts care recipient becomes withdrawn and lonely this is one of the most obvious changes that you can observe the cr who is usually outgoing and loves the company of others now prefers to be alone and quiet the cr refuses to go out and enjoy his or her usual activities and company care recipient becomes irritable when there is no reason to if the cr is not usually like this this is a cause for concern care recipient starts talking about unusual things related to death and dying if the cr starts talking to you about death and dying all of a sudden it may be sign that he or she is thinking about committing suicide for example the cr also may start talking about the worthlessness of being alive and how good it is to just succumb to death do not take this behavior for granted you just might be the one who can make a positive difference and change the cr cr’s thought patterns and behavior care recipient suddenly begins writing in a journal or diary if the cr does not normally write his or her feelings in a journal or diary this may be used to tell loved ones what the cr wants them to know before committing suicide Care recipient (cr)ies all the time when there is no reason to this may be the cr cr’s emotional response to the situation that is causing the suicidal thoughts general suggestions for dealing with a care recipient who is having suicidal thoughts keep an open heart and mind when dealing with the cr cr’s condition be very careful in whatever you say and do around the cr because every little thing could result in the cr becoming suicidal assure the cr that you will be with him or her every step of the way and to provide help and support assure the cr that this is a confidential matter that you will not share with others unless you have permission to do so try to have an honest and open conversation with the cr tell the cr that life is worth living and there is hope for the future tell the cr how fortunate he or she is to be alive discuss the cr cr’s spiritual beliefs as they relate to the situation this is a very sensitive matter so use your discretion to determine if this would be appropriate and beneficial for example you could say that no one has the right to take his or her own life and that it is in god god’s hands information references adapted from www howtodothings com "how to recognize behaviors that may indicate suicidal thoughts" by patricia graves no date

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Keywords: Suicide suicidal depressed depression sad mental illness worthlessness worthless poor eating habits odd sleep patterns doesn’t sleep well sleeps too much sleeps all the time

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