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Suicide

Macarthur Practice offers a non judgmental, non threatening, non intimidating and confidential service for people who have attempted to suicide and for people who have tried to hurt themselves or who have thoughts about hurting themselves or taking their own life.

Our psychologist has many years experience working with people who have behaved suicidally. He has also had many years experience researching suicide and training other mental health professionals in suicide prevention.

People who think or attempt suicide feel as though they are trapped without any option for solving their problems other than by hurting themselves or ending their lives.

Did you know that:

·Suicide behaviour usually does not occur without prior warning.

·When a person talks about their suicidal thoughts they are asking for help. In fact suicide behaviour in any form is a cry for help.

·In the majority of cases, people who talk about or try suicide do not want to die. They want to stop the emotional pain they are feeling.

·If you talk to someone sensitively about suicide it will not encourage them to attempt it.

·Suicidal people are not crazy.

·Only a small proportion of people who feel suicidal could be diagnosed as being mentally ill.

·Most people who are suicidal feel alone.

·Often people who feel they want to hurt themselves or want to end their life, feel that no one could possibly understand how thy feel.

·There is no one type of person who thinks about or attempts suicide.

·People who feel suicidal want to talk about how they feel without being judged or intimidated.

Some of the suicide warning signs :

The majority of suicidal people give warning signs of their intentions and that they can no longer cope with the situation they are in. Their situation feels hopeless.

Warning signs of their intent usually occur in clusters, but at times they are not always clear to others.

These signs often include but are not limited to:

·Having previously attempted suicide.

·Feel hopeless and/or helpless.

·Talk, write, draw or hint in some other way about their suicidal thoughts.

·Increase in alcohol or drug use.

·Being disinterested in things that they are normally interested in.

·Being unusually sad ‘blue’ or withdrawn for long periods of time.

·Unusual eating or sleeping patterns.

·Engaging in dangerous behaviours.

·Recurrent fantasies of suicide and death.

·Giving away their possessions.

·Tidying up their affairs.

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