Significant Signs Your Partner may be Suicidal

Last month, Mumbai Sessions court framed fresh charges against Sooraj Pancholi in the late actress Jiah Khan death case. Presently, the actor is in a depressed mode and wants things to get over at the earliest possible time. He simply wants to move on from the case that has been going on since last five years.

On January 30th, the special women’s court charged Pancholi with abetment of actor and girlfriend Jiah Khan’s suicide. Section 306 of the IPC (abetment of suicide) was charged by special Judge K.D. Shirbhate against the actor. According to the CBI, Jiah’s mother found her hanging at her residence on June 3, 2013.

The news of actor, actresses, pop stars and models committing suicide is not new. In fact, there has been an increase in suicide cases among general public in the last few years. Many of these have been saved especially by the partners of the deceased. Unfortunately, there’s little awareness about suicide symptoms, conditions, and ways to keep depression away in India.

As per the latest statistics gathered from year 2015 from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there were over 133,623 suicides in India. Around 42,088 were by women and 91,528 (68%) were by men.
So what drives one to suicide regardless of one’s profession, social status and gender? Well, there are a number of factors that drive a person to suicide. Realizing some of the warning signs may help you save a life.

The American Association of Suicidology has introduced a mnemonic tool named ‘IS PATH WARM’. This is very helpful in allowing you remember the warning signs. It is important that you take the help of a mental health care provider or a suicide helpline. This will ensure correct guidance in the event you suspect anything inappropriate.

Here’s what the tool represents:

I–Ideation – This is a stage where a victim forms ideas, concepts, and plans about the act. He or she will even give threats or talk about killing himself/herself.

S – Substance Abuse – The victim has a history of excessive drinking or abusing drugs. He or she will show careless behavior and even hoard various prescription and OTC drugs.

P – Purposelessness – The stage surrounds an individual with a feeling of worthlessness. The individual gets a feeling of being unemployed and also try to create isolation from others. Most of the time, he or she is not involved in any significant activities.

A – Anxiety – A feeling of nervousness, anguish, restiveness and emotional distress tend to surround the person.

T – Trapped – In most cases, the victim talks about a feeling of being trapped in a bad situation from where there’s no escape. This may be a debt trap, any exposure in public, an incurable disease, serious physical harm, a court hearing, a heart break etc.

H – Hopelessness – The individual does not look forward to the future. He or she feels hopeless and gives hints about being absent there for forthcoming events.

W – Withdrawal – This is also one of the most significant signs. The individual starts avoiding people and relationships. In many cases, the individual gives up on all kinds of social interactions, pleasurable activities, and even withdraws completely from society.

A – Anger – Many suicides are also accidental wherein the individual may hurt or kill themselves in a fit of rage or uncontrolled anger.

R – Recklessness – The individual engages in reckless behavior with no care for life.

M – Mood Swings – One of the major signs is sudden changes in mood. This means the individual may sometimes feel depressed and at other he is seen smiling or overwhelmed with a feeling of joy. The degree of sadness also varies (from general gloominess to a deep depression).

It is important to keep tabs on these mood changes and other behavioral shifts in your partner to be able to know if something’s seriously wrong. Speaking to your partner, taking him or her to a professional and constant reminder of your unwavering support may save his life.


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