Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Not waving but drowning

If you're caring for (or know of) a suicidal person who suddenly cheers up - beware! This may be a sign that they have decided to kill themselves. 



Sometimes when a suicidal person decides to end it all - they may experience a sudden wave of relief which may manifest itself as unexpected cheerfulness. You need to be particularly concerned if this new-found cheerfulness is accompanied by any of the following activities:
  • giving away clothes or possessions
  • moving money or paying off debts
  • thanking people via letters or social media 
  • generally putting things in order
  • writing notes
A list of helplines can be found here if required:

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/


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