Those who seem hopeless and lack an investment in their future may be expressing signs of depressive behavior and therefore may be at risk for suicide.
Statements such as "When I grow up" (if the individual is a child), or even statements that start with "next week" or "next month" indicate an investment in the future.
Feelings of hopelessness are dangerous and could be an indication of greater risks.
Though it's important to offer your love and support to someone exhibiting these symptoms, sometimes that is not enough. Depending on how urgent help is needed, scheduling time with a therapist, or reaching out to the Suicide Prevention Hotline [1-800-273-TALK (8255)] or Stop Suicide Today.
- "AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY Suicide Prevention Is Everyone's Business." National Suicide Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2013. .
- Joseph, Nicole, Dr. "Clinical Psychologist Interview." Telephone interview. 4 Sept. 2013.
- "Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and Prevention." NIMH RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2013. .
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