Tips in Helping an Employee Showing Signs of Being Suicidal
Is a Co-worker or Employee Showing Signs of Being Suicidal? Here’s How You Could Help in Averting It
We live in a world where problems are ever-present. But for some people, there are issues in their lives that are too hard to bear that, to escape from it all, would be synonymous to choosing a quick death—even if it is with their own hands.
Suicide is more common than many would assume and its victims could be anyone, including our co-workers or employees. Suicidal people do not always have the option of killing themselves as the top-most solution to their problems, however. Often, they choose to cling on to life in the hopes that things will get better still in the future, even if it means going through their ordeal for longer.
The telltale signs that a person is possible suicidal
- Statements suggesting the intent and the desire to die
- Statements of hopelessness or lack of reasons to continue living
- Odd behavior of giving away prized or other kinds of possessions
- Buying or borrowing of a gun or finding alternative ways to commit to the killing of oneself
There are also other symptoms that a person may be suicidal, albeit disguised as signs for depression
- Increased in indulgence to vices, such as the taking of drugs or alcoholism
- Adverse changes involving hygiene, sleep, mood, and general interactions with people
- Displays of bad behavior such as becoming too anxious, angry, depressed, having mood swings, more withdrawn from people, and speaks about pain
Effective Approach to a Person Suspected of Being Suicidal
Suicidal persons are in a very delicate situation where their sensitivities to specific actions are heightened. The quality of your move towards the person could spell the betterment of the person, or it could lead to further aggravation. The key to helping a suicidal individual is to show sympathy and not leaving the person feel isolated and alone with his problems.
But to properly send your support across the person, it is essential that you pay careful attention to other elements that are essential in maintaining a healthy approach, such as:
1. Setting up space where a conversation is private and without interruption.
2. Being upfront about the problem and not beating around the bush.
3. Exhibiting a caring approach, showing individual or organizational support to the person.
4.Inquisitive concern about the person’s thoughts involving suicide.
5. Being intent in listening to the person’s interests and not reciprocating them back with advice or “feel better” sentences.
What if the person refused help?
Not all cases of a person with suicidal tendencies are easily fixed with a sympathetic approach. Other times, they will turn down offers of help, regardless of the kind. If you are dealing with a person who is committed to facing his problem alone, there are a few ways you could employ to uphold the safety of the person:
1. Call “911” if you suspect of any imminent harm to the person.
2. Inform the person’s closest kin and suggest to offer support when needed.
3. Be assertive in offering help by personally giving a statement about it.
4. Contact the company’s HR department and ask them for support.
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