When you recognize suicidal warning signs or violence warning signs in someone else, there are things you can do. Ignoring and hoping that someone else will deal with the situation is the easy way out. You are better than that.
Most importantly, be safe. If you’re concerned about someone committing suicide, seek help and in the meantime don’t leave them alone. However, if you see warning signs of violent and perhaps homicidal behavior, don't spend time alone with that person. If the situation and environment appear to be setting them off, try to remove that person from the situation without putting yourself in danger. If you are worried about being a victim of violence, get someone in authority to protect you.
Often, mental illness can be a common variable. Psychotic symptoms and illnesses have been shown to vary depending on nutritional deficiencies along with our relationships along with our mindsets. Healthy living is key and being consistent with eating whole foods, getting regular exercise, sticking to a regular sleep schedule, staying away from drugs and reducing stress through yoga or meditation can do wonders for those with any mental illness.
Become more involved in your teen’s life and know who and how they are spending their time. Be a positive role model and let your teen see you deal with a disagreement by discussing the issue, not by physically or verbally attacking the other person. If you have guns and other weapons in your house, please move them to a safe place if your teen shows any warning signs of suicidal or violent behavior. Encourage your teen to participate in sports and recreational activities since being part of a team is a healthy way to release energy and can help build a positive self-image. Also, try to reduce viewing of violent behavior during screen time.
If your teen gets constantly offended over little things and views people as either victims or bullies, they can be more prone to violence. Talk to them about your concerns and try to teach them to let the criticisms flow over them without attaching. Explain that somethings are not worth getting upset over and that their time and energy is more important than that. They are more important than that.
And above all, remind them that they are loved.
The LoveEd Movement provides outreach and education for older teens and millennials on the dangers they face on and off-line as well as viable solutions for helping older teens and millennials make healthy relationship choices.
Please check out our Compassionate Dialogues Curriculum for teachers and school personnel to use with pre-teens, teens and millennials who are experiencing distress, depression, or are suicidal or homicidal.