The sad reality is that only a few people talk about their mental health issues. Up to this moment, there are still many individuals who prefer to keep their problems within themselves. This is why the suicide rate has gone up in recent years. When a particular person fails to keep his emotions in check or to talk to others about the things that bother him, there is a high possibility that the same person will commit suicide. Because of this, it is essential for you to watch out for the signs indicating that a loved one is about to take his own life.
“While suicide is a very serious health and national problem that requires our attention, an even less public reality is that many of us have had suicidal thoughts at one point or another in our lives.” Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC said. In this article, we are going to highlight the different things that you could do once you notice that your husband is planning to commit suicide. Be sure to remember these:
- Pay Attention
Learn how to study your partner’s actions and words. It is crucial for you to always read between the lines so that you could easily understand his state of mind. Nonetheless, keep in mind that you must not let the other person know that you are watching his every move. Just act normal whenever your husband is around. Make an effort to have a mental note of the signs or indications of suicide. As much as possible, be alert whenever he starts to have erratic mood swings or changes in his emotions.
- Talk To Him
Problems and issues in life are meant to be shared with someone. Encourage your spouse to communicate and open up to you. Avoid shutting him down whenever he wants to have a serious talk. Drop everything that you are doing every time he reaches out to you. Remember that you can change the way your partner thinks about himself. Give him more reasons to remain alive for everyone in your family.
- Remind Him Of Your Love
When a person thinks of suicide, it means that something in his life hurts. It could be a hurtful experience or a traumatic event. For example, he may have lost a job or has discovered the loss of a loved one. A grieving person has a high chance of feeling depressed. “Losing someone or something you love and care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you’re experiencing will never let up.” Kevin Stevenson, LMHC, MCAP explains. If this continues to happen, he could eventually end up having suicidal thoughts. This is why it is essential on your part to make your partner feel that you genuinely love him. Remind him of your unconditional love, as it will make him realize that someone accepts him for who he is.
According to Torey C. Richards, LMHC, “Sometimes the reasons people don’t recognize the signs of suicide is because they are in denial, especially when it comes to those close to them.” Finding out that your partner is thinking of suicide can be painful. There will be several challenges and struggles that you need to go through. Do not lose hope as you fight for your loved one’s life. Be strong for your husband. Always remember that he will draw his strength from you. Remain steadfast in helping him get over a sad experience or a grieving moment. With your constant love and support, he will start to see the light again that will motivate him to continue moving forward.