“I lost everything! I invested all my money in my business. During COVID-19, I lost everything! I don’t even have money to feed my family.” This is a confess of a businessman. The person has even had the attempt of suicidal.
When contemplating suicide, the individual is attempting to take back control of a situation they feel they have no control over. Thus, the best cure is helping them regain this control.
Nobody can ever predict how another person will react to more troubling or difficult things in life. Different people handle different situations in different ways – this is an undeniable fact of life, no matter how old you are.
But there are usually some clear advance warning signs that a friend may be in trouble and that suicide may be something he is considering. Since suicidal wishes could become a prevalent and potentially lethal problem in depressed patients, therapists need to understand why the patient is considering such drastic action in the first place.
The therapist will then be in a better position to select appropriate and effective techniques to deal with a particular problem. However, no anti- suicidal strategy is of any use unless the therapist is first able to detect and assess the degree of suicidal intention.