Is it worth committing suicide
Suicide / suicide
What does suicide mean?
The word “suicide” comes from Latin and means “to kill yourself” - the conscious decision to end your own life.
Suicide or suicide?
Other terms such as suicide, suicide or suicide are also widespread, but should deliberately not be used. Because suicide is neither a non-criminal act (murder!) And it occurs only very rarely 'freely', with clear judgment or after careful consideration.
Differentiation from euthanasia
Basically, one can differentiate between a suicide and an assisted suicide (also called euthanasia). With euthanasia, a person who wishes to end their life and who in most cases is terminally ill is "helped" to die. This type of assisted suicide is exempt from punishment in Liechtenstein, unless it is carried out for selfish motives.
What is suicidal behavior?
This includes all actions and thoughts that are related to a suicide, such as talking about and implementing actions that are related to the end of one's life. Suicide itself is the ultimate but preventable act of suicidal behavior. There are different phases and actions in which an affected person suffers more and more emotionally and puts himself in increasing mortal danger, whereby each phase is a call for help that must be taken seriously, because one recognizes by certain actions (e.g. self-harming behavior). The five types of suicidal behavior can be here can be read.
There is more information on suicidal thoughts here.
Reasons for suicide or suicidal ideation
Thoughts of suicide arise when a person feels that the current situation in life is too stressful, they cannot cope with the current living conditions, cannot see a way out and they have lost hope of improvement. It is rarely just one thing, but the sum total of stressful events makes life difficult.
It is also important to distinguish between cause and trigger: the trigger is almost never the cause of a suicide, but only the last drop that brings the barrel to overflow. Long-term factors play a role in the causes, for example a mental illness, difficult family relationships, but also traumatic experiences. Triggers for a suicide, on the other hand, are current events: for example, if a parent or sibling dies, parents divorce, young people are separated from friends or a love relationship breaks up, there are problems at school or at work.
Specifically, the following "risk factors" / causes can lead to a suicide:
- Acute stress disorder (due to conflicts or crises at home, with friends, at school, separation or due to the loss of a loved one)
- Sexual orientation (people belonging to the LGBTQI + community have a higher suicide rate than heterosexual people)
- (Cyber) bullying
- spontaneous action / short-circuit actions (adolescents often do not act in the awareness that a suicide cannot be reversed)
- Survivors of the deceased and / or suicides by relatives, friends or family in their own environment
- Mental illnesses (such as depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia ...)
- Victim of violence, mistreatment or sexual abuse
- traumatic experiences
- Existential fears due to loss of housing etc.
- chronic pain (due to severe physical illness)
- Dependencies and addictions (drugs, alcohol, ...)
- Pressure to perform
- Previous suicide attempts
- Inability to work, retirement
Here you will find more reasons why people, especially young people, are concerned with suicidal ideation.
So-called protective factors help to ensure that people who may have some or many of the above-mentioned risk factors in their life still do not commit suicide. These include:
- a high level of self-confidence
- stable relationships
- a positive self-esteem
- good problem-solving strategies
- personal and professional perspectives
- pronounced control over emotions and body
- social skills (communication with others, getting help, talking about feelings, ...)
- a positive outlook on life
- realistic future planning (personal and professional perspectives)
- healthy lifestyle (regular exercise and sport, enough sleep and adequate nutrition)
- mental and physical well-being
Prevention (prevention) starts with yourself!
In order to avoid stumbling into a seemingly insoluble crisis situation that leads to thoughts of suicide, it is important to be careful with yourself and your own strengths and abilities. It is not always easy to have a positive and healthy outlook on life. Knowing when your own limits have been reached in stressful situations and when it is better to get help. In this way you can master difficult situations well and emerge stronger from a crisis. Therefore:
- Know and use your strengths and skills
- Develop personality and independence (set yourself goals, be courageous, curious about yourself and the world and take advantage of opportunities that arise)
- Conscious interaction in internet forums and social networks
- Take your medication regularly (if you have been prescribed any)
There is more information on prevention here.
“Anyone who talks about killing themselves doesn't do it anyway!”, “Yes, don't ask if someone wants to kill themselves!” Or “Only cowards kill themselves.” - these statements all have something in common: They are untrue and prejudices and can sometimes lead to a call for help being ignored or someone being encouraged to commit suicide. That is why it is important to know exactly what the signs are that indicate an impending suicide.
You can find a list of prejudices and myths about suicide here:
facts and figures
Help, I have suicidal thoughts myself
Do you often deal with the subject of death? Do your thoughts constantly revolve around the possibility of suicide? Do you find your situation hopeless? If you don't know what to do and everything is broken, the last resort might seem to be to kill yourself. Many people who thought so later say that they are happy to be alive. Your life will also look different again. There is a way to go on. Talk about your problems and get help! If you have thoughts about killing your life and looking for help, you can turn to contact points that specialize in dealing with crisis situations. Here you will meet people who listen to you, support you and for whom you are above all not a freak, psycho or strange owl, but simply a person in a particularly difficult life situation.
Help, I'm afraid for someone
Ilyas, Savannah, Ardit and Elea tell of the difficult time when they found out that a boyfriend or girlfriend no longer wanted to live. They talk about how insecure they were, how overwhelmed they felt, but how important it was that they acted in the end. Because even if you are afraid of doing something wrong, the only wrong thing would be to do nothing.
here, here and here.
Help someone I know has committed suicide
Contact points and emergency contacts
It is important that you get help early on. Remember, you are not alone with your problems. Dare to talk to friends or someone you trust about your fears, worries and fears in order to find a solution together.Because two heads think better than one person alone. A person you trust can be someone from your school, family, your circle of friends, youth work or a stranger who seems likeable to you. We at aha always have an open ear for you.
Immediate help with acute problems
For acute psychological problems, for which you need immediate help, please contact:
Here you will find a list of emergency numbers, websites and advice centers where you can get help for yourself, your family members, your friends or acquaintances:
In a self-help group people meet who have to cope with a similar problem and who want to do this with the help of those who are equally affected. Here you can find more information about the existing self-help groups in Liechtenstein.
Website for young people
feel-ok offers information on suicide especially for young people. It doesn't matter whether you, your friends or family are affected. Many important questions are answered here.
Are you afraid that your boyfriend or girlfriend will harm themselves? Check out the videos for lots of tips on how you can help.
Talking can save - talk about suicidal thoughts
Page with valuable tips and information for people who are themselves in a crisis and have suicidal thoughts, but also for those affected and people who are afraid for a loved one.
Adolescents under pressure - in the clinic for child and adolescent psychiatry
Ask your questions
At 147.ch you can ask your own questions about suicide, read questions and answers from others on the subject or find out more about suicide in general.
Help those affected
Worried about your boyfriend / girlfriend, family member, or someone you know? Find out how other people have helped save someone from suicide.
friends for life
Interesting articles and videos on suicide prevention and mental illness
Friends for Life e.V. YouTube channel
The videos focus on mental health and education about depression and suicide. In this context, Friends for Life interview celebrities, speak to experts, present advisory services and report on events.
Experience report from a person affected
A young woman, whom we have accompanied through a difficult phase in her life, has agreed to write down a few lines about her feelings at the time, the way out, supportive things, but also her feelings afterwards. She wants to encourage not to give up.
Conversations can save lives!
Facts, Signals & Help with Thoughts of Suicide - A Guide for Adolescents and Young Adults
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