Most Suicides Send Clear Warning Signals

  • By Choi Won-woo

    September 04, 2018 13:16

    Most suicide victims give warning signs to people close to them, and knowing what to look out for can help prevent the loss of precious lives.

    The Korea Psychological Autopsy Center studied the psychological history of 289 people who killed themselves between 2015 and 2017, and found that 266 of them had sent warning signs such as emotional and behavioral changes. The center interviewed family members and friends to analyze the suicide's state of mind before death.

    More than a third of suicides or 107 people suffered a guilty conscience or powerlessness, followed by changes in sleeping patterns such as sleeping too much or too little (105 people) and talking a lot about suicide or death (83 people).

    Over one-third had a history of attempted suicide, while more than one in 10 had committed some other form of self-harm. More than one-third misused alcohol or drugs.

    Yet only 57 members of their families recognized the warning signs, and most failed to deal with the situation properly. Some said they were worried but did not think the sufferers would really kill themselves, while others said they tried to help, but it did not work. Still others admitted they did not take the signs seriously.

    Respondents were able to give multiple answers.

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