5 Things That May Lead to Suicide


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Page last updated: 20/10/2022

5 Things That May Lead to Suicide

Hey Optimist Minds!

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 700 000 people die by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. This distressing statistic makes one wonder about the causes of suicide and how to prevent it.

There are many different reasons why someone would consider taking their own life. Usually, the intention is less about death and more about wanting relief or an escape from misery. 

In this video, we’re going to describe five things that may lead to suicide. You can use this information to spread awareness. If you ever suspect that someone you know might be thinking of taking their life, connect them immediately to a licensed mental health  essional.

Now, let’s begin.

Number One

A mood disorder.

This is a mental health problem that primarily affects a person’s emotional state. Mood disorders can make you or prevent you from feeling a particular emotion for a prolonged period. 

Some examples of mood disorders are clinical depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and cyclothymia. Each of these can cause severe mood swings, irrational thoughts, and self-harming behaviour.

In extreme cases, especially when there is a persistent depressed mood, the individual with the mood disorder might attempt suicide intentionally or accidentally.

Number Two

Negative self-talk.

Do you think about yourself in excessively negative ways? Have you frequently thought to yourself any of the following:

  • I’m so stupid
  • I can’t get it right
  • I don’t deserve good things
  • Why would anyone care about me?

Such self-deprecating thoughts tend to become a habit over time. When you’re constantly thinking of yourself critically, you hold yourself in very little value. Your self-esteem and self-worth take a beating. 

If this pattern of thought lasts for long enough, the self-tak escalates to statements like, “I should just die and make it easier for everyone”. And thus, suicidial ideation begins.

Number Three

Financial debt.

More than 28 farmers and farm labourers die by suicide in India every day, according to government data. The only cause for these deaths is debt. 

Across cultures and regions, not being able to pay back loans is an incredibly difficult position to be in. Sometimes, there are mortgages or collateral involved, leaving families penniless or homeless. 

The guilt, shame, and pain of not having money for food and shelter is excruciating. Moreover, the longer you wait to clear a debt, the bigger it becomes due to interest. Feeling trapped in this situation, one might see death as an escape.

Number Four

Prolonged abuse.

The most pervasive kind of abuse lies in circumstances of captivity. People can be held captive due to kidnapping, economic dependency, and marriage. In all these scenarios, there is a power dynamic where the abuser controls many aspects of the victim’s life.

They may be subjected to torture, violence, sexual abuse, neglect, manipulation, and emotional abuse. While each kind of abuse uses a different way of attacking, the impact on the survivor is the same.

The trauma induced can cause them to fall into a cycle of behaviours or symptoms of PTSD. Suicide and self-harm are typical outcomes for people enduring abuse and captivity.

5 Things That May Lead to Suicide

Number Five


A lot of people harm themselves physically without the intention of killing themselves. They might cut their flesh pretty deep but not deep enough for it to be lethal. Self-harm becomes a coping mechanism for such people as they feel a sort of emotional release with each cut.

However, continuous self-harm puts you in the risk of accidentally killing yourself. It’s not uncommon for people to put themselves in grave danger if they’re already self-destructive to an extent.

You might lose too much blood, not get help on time, or get an infection. Ultimately, you might end up killing yourself even though you only meant to deal with your intense emotions.

Did any of these five things remind you of yourself? Do you think that you might be vulnerable to suicidal thoughts? If so, then it’s best to consult a therapist immediately. 

You can also let us know your thoughts and stories in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you.

A link for further reading and the studies & references used in the making of this video are mentioned in the description below.

Thanks for visiting optimist minds, take care. Until next time.