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How To Help Someone Who Is Suicidal
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If you know somebody who has mentioned suicide or self-harm, do not take their words lightly. Furthermore, if you believe they are in danger you should call 911 or contact the local authorities in your area right away.
Your friend’s life is more important than their privacy.
According to Watchwellcast, here is what you need to do if you suspect a friend or family member is having thoughts of suicide.
1) Learn to recognize dangerous signs: Take notice of any drastic changes in behavior and if they’re abusing alcohol or drugs.
2) Initiate dialog in a non-judgemental way: Tell the person how much you care about them, but that their behavior has concerned you.
3) React with feeling: Be compassionate and let the person know you’re there to listen. Do not aim to start an argument, change their mind, or give advice. Listen and try to find out what’s hurting them.
4) Shift the focus from sources of pain, to resources for treatment: Encourage the person to seek help and offer to assist them in finding a mental health professional if needed. Looping their family members into this process is strongly recommended.
5) Stay connected: Many suicides occur during apparent stretches of improvement, so it’s important to check in on this person regularly.
There are countless other resources available online to help educate yourself on preventative measures for someone who is suicidal. By being here and proactively learning, you are giving yourself the best chance of handling a delicate situation the right way and potentially saving someone’s life.