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A sense of calm and quiet

At the end of the suicidal process, some people reach a period when they have virtually given up.

They often appear calm, which can come as a kind of a relief for family and friends following times of anxiety, anger, fear and uncertainty.

It is a tense kind of calm however, and many report a sense of ‘waiting for something to happen’. 

'She seemed very calm... in hindsight I interpreted it differently.'

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Suicidal person point of view

“At the time when I go to take the overdose, I feel very very calm. Because I feel as if by then I've actually found a solution to all the problems, so there's no need for me to feel upset or agitated or anything.”

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Suicidal person point of view

“At the time when I go to take the overdose, I feel very very calm. Because I feel as if by then I've actually found a solution to all the problems, so there's no need for me to feel upset or agitated or anything.”

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Family/friend point of view

“One of things is that she had such anxiety that say that something dropped something or made a loud noise, often happens in a café, she jumped out of her skin and we had a laugh about it usually, but it didn't happen this time. She seemed very calm [..] I noticed the difference in her. I said to my [friend] I think she turned the corner and I felt she was maybe putting all those things behind her, and she was, you know, in my interpretation of things she was going to carry on and things were going to be okay for her, 'cause I saw this sort of calmness…and the sort of resignation. And of course from the hindsight I interpreted it differently.”