Suicide Follow Up

Can I thank everyone who left a comment on the previous post. I've read every single one of them, even though I haven't had time to reply. I can understand that sometimes it can be difficult to talk about subjects such as these, but keeping them in the dark seldom does anyone any good. I can say that I think I've learned a few things about attempted suicides, as well as confirming my fears that they are often not treated well on psychiatric followup.

I'd like to hope that everyone who wrote about their own experiences gets the help that they need.

I'd also like to hope that one day mental health is taken as 'seriously' as physical disease – sadly I think we are some way off from that.

2 thoughts on “Suicide Follow Up”

  1. “Para-suicide”As you have noted, many attempts are temporary/conditional/fake. I was surprised to learn that few of those you encounter get psych help – in my area, and I think in most of the US, an attempted suicide is required to be sent to a psych facility or at the least interviewed by a certified psych for diagnosis/treatment.

    But please do not lump all together, some few are real and fail (or succeed) for reasons other than deciding to go on living, crying for sympathy, or other alteration/recognition of purpose (or lack thereof).

  2. Would like to add many people who commit suicide failed or not, are living with severe depression, it is not temporary/conditional fake, if you have never experienced severe depression then perhaps it is hard to relate.It continues for years at its worst, it is very difficult to live that way for a prolonged time, having your life and ability to function taken away.

    There is also psychotic depression which makes you immobile unable to function daily, hallunications, yes depression can cause these, it makes you think you are going crazy, you are not, to actually see colours, creatures in your room even though you know they are not real is something else, it is not schizophrenia either, the reality is the person knows it is not real and it is caused by severe depression. Doctors are aware that severe depression can result in this and it is frightening to the sufferer. It also leads to more suicide attempts. 25% of people who are admitted to hospital are suffering from this type of depression. It is a major depressive disorder.

    Those are facts if you look it up, it will state those facts.

    This is NOT something where you feel blue or a little unhappy, to feel unhappy would be a walk in the park,

    this is a serious mental health illness that takes over your life completely, making each day a struggle.

    To see a suicide failed or not, does not give a clear history of that person, you are looking at the person not knowing their history and facts to lump someone suffering such an illness in with crying for sympathy is a little insulting.

    There is no cry for sympathy, none is wanted, none at all, just to end life, the mental anguish, to go to sleep and find peace is so inviting, suicidal thoughts continually, the mental anguish is horrendous. I would not wish it on anyone, nor the life, the continual struggle to hold on, as the depression surges through you, knowing how severe it is, by the hallunications that start, knowing they are not real, the total mental anguish, i would ask anyone within the profession next time they look on one of these attempts and automatically begin to lump it in with a cry for whatever, to seriously consider all these facts.

    If they could live with that form of mental anguish continually for two years more, their life taken away, …….and not see death as so inviting.

    Perhaps hopefully many of these comments will enlighten people to why people do try/ fail suicides and actually do succeed.

    There seems to be a lot of myths and not a lot of deep insight, to those who really do suffer it is hard to take in being lumped in with just a mere cry for help, it is way beyond that, it is not something that next week you will be better, it is a condition that continues for years. With help and medication and therapy it can be controlled.

    I sincerely hope that people may have more understanding of this, it seems an area you assume that professionals working within the system would know more about, but actually is limited to specialists.

    No specialists i have seen see this as a cry for help, they treat it as serious, to be under the CMHT you have to have a serious mental health condition, it is not normal to have continual suicidal thoughts that you fight against and struggle to hold on, also an illness that rules your life to the extent you are unable to work or lead normal daily activities.

    A plus is to be able to get up, get washed and dressed and do the cleaning, normal things people take for granted.

    Having said that i still think it is very hard for anyone who has not suffered severe depression to actually know the extent and depths a human being can go to inside.

    An example is someone whom loved so much died, grieved for 1 to 2 years it was normal, the depression hit and it took me to depths of hurt/pain, body wrecked and broken, tears streaming for months, it was abnormal. Having experienced the two, that is a good explanation when someone dies you love so much you think you have experienced the worst ever depths you could go to, shockingly with severe depression there is even further depths that a human being can go too.

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