I’m currently reading “Dying to be Free: A Healing Guide for Families after Suicide” by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch. In the book they state some of the common traits and circumstances of some suicidal people. Some of these are:
Perfectionism: Perfectionists have unrealistically high expectations of self and others. They become frustrated when they don’t meet their own standards.
High achievement: They set high goals and always push themselves to do better. They may be emotionally unsatisfied and believe they will never make it, no matter how hard they try.
Fear of Failure: They may fear they will fail and be criticized. They may not understand the value of learning from failure. Criticism can be devastating.
Talent or high Intelligence: Gifted people may feel pressured by others’ high expectations. They often feel different and withdraw within themselves.
Tendency to question life’s meaning: They may search for their purpose on earth or may be obsessed with whether God or another Higher Power exists.
There are others as well, like low self-esteem, hopelessness, and things of that nature, but I thought the ones I highlighted to be thought provoking…
They also state that everyone has some of these characteristics, but most people never consider suicide.