Domestic abuse is a critical risk factor for suicide. Research shows that men and women affected by abuse are more likely than their peers to have suicidal thoughts or to take their own lives.
Being able to recognise the signs of someone in crisis and knowing how to talk to them can be the first steps in helping them to seek help.
Understanding the signs that a person is feeling suicidal
There are several risk factors that can indicate that a person is having suicidal thoughts. Warning signs to look out for include:
- Talking about suicide, dying or self- harm e.g. “I’d be better off dead”
- Becoming disconnected or quiet or avoiding people or social situations
- Losing interest in hobbies or things that they used to enjoy
- Misusing substances
Each person is different and sometimes a person will not display any of these changes in behaviour.
Why is talking to someone who is feeling suicidal important?
Talking openly and recognising how a person is feeling can help them to seek support.
You could save someone’s life by listening to them, talking with them and being present for them.