We recently wrote a post detailing how people with epilepsy are more likely to experience depression. As a result of this, and other factors, this also means that people with epilepsy are also a higher risk of suicide. Epilepsy can affect a person’s health and wellbeing and it’s important that mental health is also monitored.
There are a variety of factors that can result in a person with epilepsy having suicidal thoughts, including:
Of course, there are other factors that can cause a person with epilepsy to experience depression or suicidal thoughts that may or may not be a direct result of the epilepsy itself, including:
Although these may not seem inherently connected to epilepsy, it’s possible that many of them could be connected indirectly. Stress, for example, could be heightened due to living with epilepsy and also as a result of losing a job or other personal circumstances.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts it’s critical that you seek help as soon as possible. You might start with a friend or family member that you trust to ensure you are not burdened and alone with your thoughts. It’s of paramount importance that you talk to your health care team or doctor who may be able to help find the root cause of your depression and thoughts. Talking about your thoughts is one of the best ways to start working through them.
You should also:
If you have epilepsy and are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can get in contact with us for support and guidance on what to do. Our experts will provide tailored advice and help you to seek the right course of action to improve your mental health, call us on 01706 373075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact Samaritans on 116 123 who operate a 24 hour hotline to help people experiencing suicidal thoughts.