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When you experience suicidal thoughts, it is important to know that you are not alone in feeling this way. There are people who can help you. Talk to someone you trust and tell them how you feel, or contact a health service or helpline.

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About suicide

About twice as many men as women take their own lives, while more women than men have suicide attempts. You can find information about how many people take their lives in Norway each year in the Cause of Death Statistics: 

Internationally there is not evidence that has there been a marked increase in the suicide rate in recent years: 

A report from the World Health Organization shows a certain decline in suicide rates internationally (with the exception of America). At the same time, the report is clear that the decline has not been satisfactory in relation to the goals that have been set, and therefore that suicide prevention must still have a high priority in the years to come.


Reasons for suicide

Suicide is explained by an unfortunate interplay of external and internal factors. The reasons why a person thinks or tries to take their own life are often complex. For some, suicidal thoughts are associated with a crisis or depressive episode, for others it is a long-term and recurring problem. There are many places to get help and good treatment. Talking to someone can help sort out the thoughts and make it easier to deal with the situation.

Emotional crises can be the trigger for a suicide attempt. The loss of close relatives and friends, threats of losing a spouse, serious problems and disappointments at work or school or threatening illness are examples of this. In many cases, you will be strongly in doubt as to whether this is the right thing to do. On the one hand you want to die, but on the other hand you also want to live on.


Signals to be aware of

It is often said that anyone who threatens to commit suicide will not do so. Unfortunately, this is not correct. Most of those who try to commit suicide have already told others one or more times what is happening.

Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the signals that are given, so that you may be able to intervene before it is too late.

Be especially wary of the life situations that may seem threatening to a person who may not be feeling too well in advance. Family and friends must be prepared to help the person who suddenly becomes alone and try to prevent the person in question from isolating themselves and that, for example, alcohol and drug abuse take precedence. Above all, you need to give yourself time to talk about the issues until it looks like the danger is over.


Being left behind after suicide

The reactions after a suicide vary, both the immediate reactions and the reactions many experience after some time has passed.

While the immediate reactions often consist of shock, unreality and numbness, accompanied by strong emotions, later reactions are often varied in quality and time. Post-reactions are part of our normal reaction pattern to large losses, and are not pathological processes. There are reactions that in different ways help us in the time after a death (and after other situations that threaten our existence). The most common after-reactions are these:


  1. self-blame and guilt
  2. re-experiencing or avoiding what happened
  3. sleep disorders
  4. anxiety and vulnerability
  5. concentration and memory difficulties
  6. irritation and anger
  7. bodily ailments
  8. lack of energy and dark thoughts
  9. grief, loss, longing and pain

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