Suicide is a terrifying problem with thousands of people taking their own lives in the UK, and worldwide, every year, and we don’t respond to it particularly well. Around 50% of people who take their own lives have seen their doctors in the previous week and about 90% in the past year. To reacted better and reduce this, we need to be able to spot those who are at risk, to manage the risk correctly and intervene to help people build a rewarding life long-term.
Suicide – why do people kill themselves?
There is no single answer, but a common theme appears to be the need to put an end to intense emotional pain. The cause, or more usually causes, that lead to such pain can vary greatly between individuals. Unfortunately, people on the verge of suicide are often so distressed they are not able to see other alternatives. What is more, we all have the potential to become suicidal. CAMEO will be running a course addressing the awareness of those who feel suicidal and how you can help.
Warning signs associated with suicide
Sometimes suicide can occur without warning but most people who are suicidal do give warnings and some of these are listed below:
- History of suicide attempts
- Talk of, or preoccupation with, death or dying
- Showing signs of depression
- Loss of interest in daily life or hobbies
- Loss of interest in self and others
- Loss of interest in school or work
- Changes in sleeping pattern
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Putting ‘things’ in order. For example, sorting out personal possessions, making a will or attending to unfinished business
- Substance and/or alcohol abuse
- Unexpected changes in mood and/or behaviour
- Suffering a recent loss. For example, due to the death of a loved one, breakdown of a relationship or perhaps the loss of a job
Who this course is for
Anybody who see people who maybe are risk of suicide, whether in residential facilities, outpatient facilities or in the charity sector.
Note: the age of the people you see is immaterial. equally on gender, although some people make the point that three times as many men than women end their own lives in the UK, it is still the case that 1,500 women do so every year, a substantial figure.
To change the perception of suicide as something that appears worrisome to something that is a clear opportunity to make an enormous impact.
To be able to ‘spot’ people who are at risk of suicide and to engage with them. And to spot people who are not at significant risk.
To know how professionals can be ‘set up’ as a focus for hope, and how dangerous it can be if this hope is thwarted.
To be able to manage suicide risk. That is, to keep the person safe while effective treatment is provided.
To provide a simple non-intrusive measure of progress while at the same time monitoring risk.
To be aware of ‘false dawns’ and how dangerous they can be.
To be able to enjoy the rewards – and handle the stresses – of working with suicide.