When bad things happen, or when people get too depressed, some people think about suicide to get rid of the pain, shame or deep saddness they are feeling.
There are many reasons why someone might think about suicide:
- Being a victim of physical or emotional abuse;
- Being a victim of sexual abuse or rape;
- Being bullied or beaten up;
- Being told they have a terminal illness;
- Living through a very troubling event;
- Losing a loved one or friend; or
- Having a serious relationship problem or breaking up.
When someone is thinking of killing themselves they sometimes talk about having no hope for the future. They may say they feel helpless and can’t make positive changes in their lives. Sometimes they say they don't want to live anymore. If someone says these things there is a serious chance they may try to commit suicide.
If people show several of the following there could be a risk they are thinking about suicide:
- Talking or joking about death or suicide
- An increase in alcohol or drug use
- An increase in risky behaviours and dangerous activities
- An interest in giving away important belongings
- A lack of interest in favourite activities
- They lose interest in spending time with people
- An inability to deal with problems at work or home
- An increase in anxiety, restlessness and irritability
The Government of Nunavut, Department of Health is encouraging Nunavummiut to “Break the Silence.” The Department of Health has created two videos (follow YouTube links) encouraging people to talk about suicide. In one video we dispel many of the myths and stigmas often associated with suicide.
The second video shows the importance of talking and breaking the silence. The second video is one individual’s reflection and how they have been touched by suicide. We can make a difference if we talk and listen to others.