⚠️WARNING⚠️ 35 year old male with previous suicide attempts presents with several self-inflicted cuts to both upper extremities by a razor blade. The patient had taken several Xanax prior to cutting himself. Fortunately no major damage was done to the deeper structures.
Several sutures were placed in the skin for approximating the wounds and the patient was admitted to a psychiatric institution. .
Often people report that they find it difficult to support someone who has attempted suicide because they feel they don’t know what to say.
- It can be hard to find the right words when you’re feeling overwhelmed and emotional yourself. Create a ‘safe space,’ where the person feels loved, cared about, accepted, supported and understood. Letting the person know you support them, and asking open-ended questions, can help to open the lines of communication.HOW TO HELP:Take all suicide warning signs seriously. Your involvement and support may help save a life.
Don’t be afraid to ask whether your loved one is thinking of suicide, is depressed, or has problems.
- A frank conversation won’t make the person act on their feelings. In fact, talk can help ease suicidal thoughts.
- Encourage the person to talk to a mental health professional as soon as possible.
- If someone is threatening to kill themselves, do not leave them alone.
- Call the Emergency lines or, if you can do it safely, take them to the nearest emergency room. Try to keep the person calm and get help from others.
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