Yes, but seeking out medical attention is the first step. I'm not saying medication is the be all and end all solution, I'm more saying that it's something that the person suffering from that severe depression should seek out on their own.
Originally Posted by Black_Shaggie
A doctor will strongly recommend that the person suffering should see a therapist or psychologist.
Even a the help of a therapist or a psychologist can prevent suicide because they become that support group.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. A lot of people don't know what to do to help those suffering from depression. Pity can lead to spiralling deeper down. Pushing them to seek medical attention can lead them to think that they're somehow abnormal. You don't know how that person will react, you could make it far worse if you force help onto them. The only thing you can really do is say, "hey, I've noticed you've been off lately. Is there something on your mind? I'm happy to listen."
I do understand that the loss of a loved one through suicide creates thoughts of resentment from those who have lost someone in this way but if they haven't paid attention to the signs, tried to get said loved one help or relied on just medicine to 'fix' the problem then I think it selfish of them for not doing enough to prevent the suicide.
Apart from that, it's in their hands.
Someone suffering from depression will know that there's something not quite right; it's just not in human nature to end your own life, so if you know there's something not right, you go and find help. I'm a firm believer that people who are depressed and don't actively seek out their own help are just using depression as a tool to gain attention, pity, and a plethora of other things they may not be getting. But to actually feed their delusion will make it worse. No, it's never, ever, ever a loved one's fault. Ever.
As I mentioned before, it's never, ever, ever a loved one's fault. Even partially. Unless they actively push that person further into a depression it's just not their fault.
Who's to blame if someone wants to kill themselves & nobody notices (or they ignore) the signs that lead to that end? Is it completely mentally ill or depressed person? I think not. Some of that blame lies with the loved ones for not paying attention.
We all have our own problems. I'm not going to sit there and watch out for people who may be depressed, they have to do that themselves. I need to take care of myself and those I love first. Personally, I never become friends with any of my co-workers, hell I barely know their first names. Why?
I do agree with some of what GunZet said though. Hard to notice a problem with somebody if they're completely introverted and alone in the world & that's tragic. even the, there are people who could help...a coworker...fellow homeless person...idk. They may not have a close support group, but somebody's there who can pick up the signs.
I feel that it's unnecessary. Sure, I will joke with them or talk, I'm not rude. But outside of work, I don't really want to see any of my co-workers. I may change that stance in the future when I begin my proper career of choice, but for now, I don't give two shits about anyone I don't really know.
That's fucked up. But I don't think there's anything you could have done about it apart from saying "forget her man, she's a bitch. when we get off duty, we'll all go out and find you a nice girl."
When I was in the Navy, there was this really fucked up thing that happened with a Chief on my boat. He had recieved a VHS (hey it was the 90s) fromhis wife while we were deployed at sea. In this video, his wife tells dude how pathetic he is & that she wants a divorce. She then proceeds to have a 3 way with some guys. This Chief killed himself while we were underway not soon after. Here's a situation where somebody could've noticed the depression spiraling out of control but did nothing. I even feel like i could've done something, said something to try and let him know that he can get past it.
But apart from that, I don't see what you can do to help. Besides, this is hardly what we're talking about here, our discussion is mainly about chemical imbalances.
Well yeah, I totally agree with this point here.
Of course, a lot of this doesn't apply to those people who commit suicide & don't have any mental illnesses. I think its selfish for a person to say, commit suicide because they can't support their family...or they've been spurned by a lover...or they've committed a crime & rather not face the authorities...or they seek the fame of martyrdom or some such bullshit. That shit is selfish & those people & fry in hell as far as I'm concerned.