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There is rarely a single thing that makes someone want to end their own life. Experts believe that a number of complex issues can make someone feel this way.
If someone is thinking about suicide, they often feel nothing will help with the problems that are making them feel suicidal.
Certain things can make someone more likely to think about suicide. These might include:
- difficult life events – such as having a traumatic childhood or experiencing physical or emotional abuse,
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This section covers:
- What makes someone think of suicide?
- What are the warning signs that someone feels suicidal?
- How can I help someone who is feeling suicidal?
- What services can help someone who is feeling suicidal?
- Are people with mental illness more likely to feel suicidal?
- Are self-harm and suicide linked?
- How can I get support?
Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk.
However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
PARENTAL ALIENATION AND SUICIDE IN MEN
James J. Peters Veterans’ Administration Medical Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
Possibly, a decrease in the number and intensity of parental alienation cases may reduce suicidality in men.
It is quite difficult to reduce the number and intensity of such cases. The alienating parent’s task is easy. The
playing field is not level. It is prejudiced in favor of the alienating parent (Bone 2012). We must simply recog-
nize this if it is to be overcome. Legal interventions may help. Dr. Ludwig F. Lowenstein, one of Britain’s most
quoted authorities on psychology in education wrote:
“The threat of punishment for the alienator must be supported by punishment, including removing the childLowenstein
from mother’s care to a neutral place or to the alienated parent, and to use incarceration when necessary. Failure
to carry out this distasteful, but necessary, action against the obdurate party would constitute a mockery of the
judicial system. It is my experience as an expert witness to the Courts as a forensic, clinical psychologist, that
most alienating parents, whether mothers or fathers, will obey a court order if punishment is threatened for fai-
lure to adhere to the ruling” (Lowenstein 1999). Education of legal and mental health professionals and the
general public may also help.
After reading the article and finally having a concrete name for my experience, I discussed the trend with friends and found that most of them had experienced orbiting themselves, and not always from an ex-romantic partner. A few mentioned that they’d noticed friends and family members with whom they’d experienced a falling outwere “orbiting” them — interacting with their social media without communicating in a real, meaningful way.
My friend Megan recently had an argument with her cousin, but says she still sees her name popping up on Facebook and Instagram. “I’m sure we’ll resolve it soon enough, but it’s just interesting to me that we’re not speaking right now, for real reasons, but she’s still watching my Instagram stories and liking pretty much everything I post,” she says. “Maybe I’m overthinking it, but it’s definitely confusing.”
So why do we do this and are there any negative ramifications of being on the receiving end of this common behavior? Continue reading “Is someone ‘orbiting’ you on social media?”