Silence is often one of the major symptoms you will see in a person who is at high risk of going missing.
Parents are not talking to children to figure out any potential dangers that may surround them – this is silence. Drug addicts do not have any friends to talk about problems with – this is silence. A man loses his job and simply disappears into homelessness because he feels useless – this is silence.
Of course, going missing is the ultimate silence. However, it may also be the loudest cry for help.
There are shocking truths about missing people who are never found. One of the most intense is that they will never be found. Many people who are at high risk of suicide see removing themselves from society as their only option.
If you see anyone exhibiting the following symptoms, get them professional help immediately.
You should take any talk of suicide very seriously. Do not allow your friends or loved ones to joke about it, especially during a time of tough economic or mental strain.
Psychologists tell us that people will often talk about suicide in a joking manner to friends as an initial cry for help. They are looking for inclusion and understanding. Do not overlook the thought of getting professional help here.
If a friend or a loved one goes missing for a long time, they may be testing the waters for a longer disappearance. This includes long absences from work as well as from social circles. Even if this person is not talking about suicide, the fact that he is not talking about erratic behavior is just as concerning.
Seek out professional help and keep your eyes and ears open for other symptoms of mental discomfort.
Contrary to popular belief, people who are preparing themselves to go missing or to commit suicide may actually seem happy. They may actually be happier than you have seen them in a long time.
Why? Psychologists tell us that they have possibly begun to “accept their fate” even though it is self-imposed. There is no cognitive dissonance because the decision has been made. Look out for manic behavior, which means extreme happiness followed by long depressions.
Just because someone has the ability to go missing without “getting lost” does not mean you should let him do it. The shocking truth behind people who go missing is that many of them are not found. These people need help before it becomes extreme.