However, man's aversion to the idea of suicide does not diminish the fact that more and more people are contemplating about taking their lives everyday, every minute, every second.
Some people with suicidal tendencies strike when their loved ones least expect it.
Some are successful in their attempts, some are not.
The question prevails: what makes people want to end their lives? As people have different levels of tolerance on life issues, the answers may vary from person to person.
Other life factors that trigger suicide attempts are mostly mood disorders and mental illnesses that render the person concerned helpless and hopeless to the point of ending their lives.
Bi-polar disorder, depression and schizophrenia are among the three most common factors that trigger suicide.
Life events such as loss of a loved one through death, separation or rejection, and other major life events that some people may have a low tolerance to such as emotional trauma, guilt, stress, frustration, loneliness, despair.
It is therefore important for relatives to spot and be aware of the warning signs and symptoms of suicide and other emotional and behavioral patterns that are associated with persons with suicidal tendencies.
Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and powerlessness - these emotions may be explicitly or implicitly verbalized by the person attempting suicide 2.
Feelings of worthlessness 3.
Overwhelming pain - mostly caused by life events varying from major to the most trivial life events, depending on the emotional stability of the person 4.
Change in personality - withdrawn, tired, apathetic, irritable 5.
Withdrawal from daily routines and from activities previously enjoyed 6.
Neglect of personal hygiene and personal appearance 7.
Change in sleeping and eating habits If one were to put himself in the shoes of someone contemplating suicide, he would: 1.
Acquire poison, medication or weapon 2.
Seek to have more time alone 3.
Mend broken relationships Suicidal behaviors may also include: 1.
Reckless behavior 2.
Excessive intake of drugs and alcohol 3.
Giving away favorite possessions 4.
Inappropriately saying goodbye 5.
Inflicting self-injuries 6.
Increased interest in suicides Contrary to what most people believe, most suicide attempts are not calls for help.
Signs, symptoms and suicidal behaviors ARE the calls for help.
Suicide itself, as far as the person attempting is concerned is the final act following mostly a series of episodic signs that loved-ones mostly miss.
However, for some families who are missing the signs that have been previously flashed by the person would consider the climatic suicide itself as the call for help.
Only then, it would have been too late.