It is a heavy topic to talk about—suicide, but one that is very important to look into and address. Thoughts on suicide, or showing suicidal behavior does not choose age, gender, race or social status. The Elderly, adults and children alike can be affected by mental health issues, or depression or anxiety, that could lead to suicidal thoughts and suicidal behavior. Many can feel like suicide is the only way out of the rut that they are in and it manifests in words and actions and behaviors beforehand that can cue family members and friends in that there is something wrong. It is important, then, to know what to watch out for and, even more, know what to do if a friend or loved one is at risk of suicide.
So, how do we recognize suicidal behavior?