An individual can take their own life, or attempt to do so, for many different reasons but often there are often mental health factors involved. Individuals experiencing suicidal feelings may be struggling with difficult emotions related to inadequacy or despair as well as a multitude of other issues. Seeking help is a big step as it can be difficult to express the feelings and emotions that are being experienced. It is therefore crucial that when medical staff are presented with a patient who is displaying symptoms of suicidal ideation or intent that appropriate referrals and treatment are provided.
The impact on family and friends when a loved one attempts or commits suicide can be devastating. Additionally, the injuries sustained as a result of a suicide attempt can be life changing including spinal and brain injuries.