Fame doesn't guarantee happiness.
Gia Allemand, a former contestant on the TV series "The Bachelor" passed away Wednesday 8/14/13 of what they are believing was suicide. Her husband, NBA star Ryan Anderson found her Monday night in their New Orleans home. Allemand was put on life support, but was removed after had critical losses in both brain and organs. Her closest friends and family were by her side, and said she appeared to be "in good spirits" the week prior.
What can we learn from this tragedy?
There are several things we can do to help prevent suicides, and suicidal thoughts. Below is some key points to remember that can help prevent suicide.
If you take the time to listen, you may catch some of the signs that someone is having suicidal thoughts, such as them talking about it. They may even let things slip out in a joking manner referring to them "wishing they were dead'.
It may come in the form of being happy go lucky one day talking about plans and goals one day, and down and out talking about how they can't do anything or won't go anywhere in life the next day.
There are many things to listen for.
Observe, Pay attention and see the signs:
Like listening, there are many signs that you can look for visually as well.
One thing to watch for, especially if a person is already talking about suicide is stock piles of medication, or buying a weapon such as a gun.
While the above is rather obvious there are smaller things to pay attention to as well. Things such as withdraw from any social contact, this could be a sign of depression, lack of motivation.
Mood swings, you may notice visually rather than hearing a person's mood swings if you are not close to them. Such as a fellow student in school you only observe, but do not talk to. In a situation like that you may want to inform someone.
If a person appears to be giving their belongings away or getting things in order as if they know something is going to happen when there isn't any other logical reason as to why they would being doing it.
If it appears someone is preoccupied with death and/or violence, while not always the case it could still be a warning sign as well. It's not always obvious to spot signs of suicide, as every person's personality and reactions are different they may or may not show the above signs, or any signs.
If you think someone may harm themselves, or others you should let someone know. If it's a fellow student, inform a teacher for example. If it's someone you are close to, try talking to them, sometimes this can help.
If you, or someone else is having suicidal thoughts the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be helpful. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak to a trained counselor.
If you believe it could be an emergency, call 911.