Self Esteem and its Impact on Suicidal Tendencies
For those who aren’t currently suffering from thoughts of suicide, suicidal tendencies are likely the furthest thing on their mind. However, for someone who is feeling helpless, hopeless, and full of despair, suicide may seem to be just the ticket to solve their problems.
Why do people think about suicide? Why do people commit suicide? Several studies have been released which show that men and women of all ages – from adolescents to seniors – often have suicidal tendencies due to a lack of self-esteem. A recent study led by James C. Overholser, Ph. D from the Psychology Department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, set out to examine the direct relationship between suicidal tendencies and self-esteem. The conclusion made was not a surprising one: low self-esteem is very closely related to feelings of hopelessness, depression, and suicidal ideation.
The elderly are another age group that is particularly at risk for suicidal ideation. “Getting old” is often associated and related to certain degrees of loss, be it the loss of a job (retirement), the loss of a loved one, the loss of mobility, a loss of health, or the loss of independence (nursing homes and hospitalized care). This leaves the elderly at a high risk for developing mental disorders such as depression, which can later manifest into suicidal ideation.
Adults of all ages can suffer from feelings of a lack of self worth. Financial troubles, employment troubles, and marriage and family troubles are all things that can contribute to the reduction of one’s self-esteem. Not seeing oneself as a contributing member to society and as a burden can also plague one’s sense of worth and increase one’s thoughts of suicide.
Self-esteem can be rebuilt, and you can turn yourself into a person of support. Here’s what you can do:
- Offer emotional support to anyone suffering from suicidal thoughts
- Use positive terms and affirmations when around them
- Indulge in their needs and desires when appropriate (as long as these needs and desires don’t harm or interrupt the lives of others)
- Make sure that those suffering from suicidal thoughts are receiving adequate and regular medical and professional attention
If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal tendencies, the time to seek help is now. Please contact us at the Western Sydney Suicide Prevention & Support Network for further help and resources on how to help those suffering from suicidal thoughts.
If you would like information about how to get help please go here to our resources page.