Stigma

There is a lot of stigma in this trifecta topic: while millions of people face the serious concern of suicidal behavior, some people may use it desperately or maliciously in an attempt to get something that they want, whether that might be attention, a reprieve from lectures on their addiction, or anything else.

Always take it seriously

While you should always take every mention or threat of suicide seriously, you may also know by now that this person is just trying to get their way, rock the boat, or even just change the mood so that you feel sorry for them instead of mad at them.

Even if you’re not angry, many people who are struggling with these issues feel like they are a burden and a bother to people. Couple that with the fact that those who are fighting the addiction feel a stigma about their battle, and it’s no wonder that people are left desperate, tired, and frustrated when they are struggling through addiction. When depression is added to the mix, it only gets worse.

The struggles are real

Even if you’re not angry, many people who are struggling with these issues feel like they are a burden and a bother to people. Couple that with the fact that those who are fighting the addiction feel a stigma about their battle, and it’s no wonder that people are left desperate, tired, and frustrated when they are struggling through addiction. When depression is added to the mix, it only gets worse.

Solutions are a great asset

Your best option is to make sure that you are taking them seriously, but let them know that your solution is to come up with a safety plan, consider treatment or seeing a mental health counselor, or take other proactive steps to help them move forward in their battle against addiction. Explain to them that you are aware of their concerns and want to get them the right help, so you need to discuss what that would be.

Increased Risk

Addiction and depression go hand in hand, so it’s only natural that increased suicide risk would also come along. Fortunately, with the right insights and the tips here, it should be much easier for you to manage moving forward. Remember to look for warning signs and to do as much as you can to let your family member know that you’re here for them. Many people battling addiction also have struggled with depression and suicide, and many times that simple acknowledgment is enough to get the ball rolling.

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