Suicidal thoughts - how to support someone - MI and Self harm
Are people with mental illnesses at greater risk of suicide?
People with mental illnesses are generally more likely to feel suicidal and try to take their own lives than people who do not have mental illnesses. Research also shows that a person could be more likely to try to end their own life if they have recently been discharged from a mental health hospital or unit. At this time, it is important someone gets the right support.
Making sure that someone attends appointments with health services and has a care plan in place is important to keep someone well and prevent them feeling suicidal.
Self-harm and suicide
Self-harm is when someone deliberately tries to harm or injure themselves. Someone may do this more than once.
There are different views on whether someone trying to take their own life is the same as self-harm.
People do not normally self-harm to take their own life. Instead, people can self harm to deal with emotional pain, punish themselves or express distress to other people.
If the person you care for self-harms, they may do this privately and may not want to talk openly about it. You can try to talk to them about why they do it. Let them know that you do not judge them and are there to talk if they need to. If they refuse to stop self-harming then you may be able to persuade them to do it safely, or to try safer alternative methods. It is unlikely that they will stop altogether just because you have asked them to.
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