Tuesday, 3 October 2017

If Someone Tells You They're Suicidal:

This is a list of things that may help you if you find yourself in a situation where someone has told you they are suicidal- to help the both of you.

- Understand firstly, that they are not looking for attention. If they have reached out to you, they must be genuinely struggling.
- Remind them that they are not a burden and will never be. Remind them how important they are to you. However, do NOT mention how broke you would be without them as this will add on to their guilt.
- Remind them of who they are and how strong they are.
- Keep in close contact with them, message at least once every day. If they dont reply after a few hours, drop them another message.
- Please dont make them feel guilty in any way at all. Avoid saying things like 'I need you to stay,' 'my life would suck without you,' ect.
- Ask simple yes/no answer questions. Often when people feel very low they wont want to talk, encouraging a conversation with something easy to answer is always the best option. Ask questions like, 'are you okay?' rather than, 'how are you feeling?' ect.
- Listen to them, help them to validate their feelings and believe what they are saying.
- Ask them if they'd like you to tell anyone.
- Ask them if they'd like you to take them to the doctors or hospital.
- If they threaten to end their life, i.e. say they're going to do it, call an ambulance or take them to hospital. 

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