Yesterday, I was shocked to hear of the death of Sophie Gradon. Another beautiful person who has taken their own life. I didn't know of her, as I am a recent convert to Love Island, but reading about her and knowing the personal exposure she would have received as a participant on the reality programme, my heart went out.
Although she appeared to have everything we all dream of - good looks, success, fame, she must have been deeply hurting. I cannot imagine what pain one must be in to take one's own life. How hopeless you must feel with your life situation, to want to end it all. Although Sophie had intimated that she suffered from bouts of anxiety and depression - her loved ones were taken completely by surprise. This could be because there is the common assumption, that for one to take one's own life, you have to be very depressed and that depression is manifested in the classic behaviour of being withdrawn, unresponsive and in a dark place. None of the signs that Sophie displayed, as I understand.
And this state of being depressed is not one of the 12 Warning Signs of Suicide as outlined by Dr Mercola. According to him the following signs are danger signs.
1. Feeling like a burden
2. Being isolated
3. Increased anxiety
4. Feeing trapped or in unbearable pain
5. Increased substance abuse
6. Looking for a way to access lethal means
7. Increased anger or rage
8. Increased mood swings
9. Expressing hopelessness
10. Sleeping too much or too little
11. Talking or posting about wanting to die
12. Making plans for suicide
If any or all of these signs are present - you must seek professional advice and if having thoughts of suicide call 911.
According to the American Centre of Disease Control, contributing factors to suicide in 2015 included the following:27
- Relationship problems (42 percent)
- A crisis in the past or upcoming two weeks (29 percent)
- Substance abuse (28 percent)
- A physical health problem (22 percent)
- Work or financial problem (16 percent)
- Criminal or legal problem (9 percent)
- Loss of housing (4 percent)
Please watch out for your loved ones, and if you are concerned please seek advice and speak out. It is time to talk about suicide. #itstimetotalksuicide