As adults, we are expected to know it all, be able to handle it, after all, we’re adults, all grown up now. Though more mature, life comes at us with things we don’t expect. Being an adult comes with pressure as we are expected to juggle relationships, kids, careers, success and growth. Experiencing increased responsibilities and expectations can often feel overwhelming. Additionally as we work towards taking care of this increased load, we can neglect ourselves in consequence.
There’s a lot going on in the life of an adult. Life is hard but manageable. Sometimes we need help, and it’s OK to ask for it. We can’t always do it ourselves, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. Asking for help doesn’t mean that we are weak or a failure; it just means we are human.
Some of the signs that you might need to ask for help or get help for someone else are:
- Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless, pessimistic and/or guilty
- Substance abuse
- Fatigue or loss of interest in ordinary activities, including sex
- Disturbances in eating and sleeping patterns
- Irritability, increased crying, anxiety or panic attacks
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- Suicidal thoughts
- Persistent physical symptoms or pains that do not respond to treatment
- Sense of purposelessness
- The feeling of being trapped
- The feeling of hopelessness
- Persistent sad or “empty” mood
- Withdrawing from family, friends, work, school or your favorite hobbies
- Recklessness or high-risk behaviors
- Preoccupation with death
- Losing interest in things that you care about
- Drastic mood changes
- Making arrangements or setting your affairs in order
- Giving things away, especially prized possessions
If you or someone you know is exhibiting these risk factors, it is important to know that there is hope and help available. Once you have recognized the signs, you need to respond to the risk in asking about suicide. If you are thinking it, they might be as well. Once you are aware that there is a risk for suicide, there are many opportunities for you to REACT in seeking help in:
- Actively encourage the person to see a physician or mental health professional immediately.
- Removing firearms, prescription medication and other potential means from the area.
- Stay with the person until they get additional help.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number for additional assistance.
Remember There is HOPE, Ask for HELP, Choose LIFE.