What would you do if someone close to you told you they were suicidal? This is a question that many people have never had to answer. Suicide is a big deal, but not everyone can recognize it. What suicide looks like varies depending on the person and their situation, so being able to identify when someone needs help can be hard. In this blog post we will cover what suicide is, why people commit it, and how to get them the help they need.
The first step to helping someone is recognizing the signs. If you are worried about a friend or family member, there are many warning signs that can help identify when suicide could be on the table for them. These include: feeling hopeless and helpless; being reckless with their personal safety (risky behavior such as drug abuse); showing rage at themselves or others; withdrawing from people in social settings; talking of wanting to die by suicide (either verbally or through writing). Although it’s not always easy to spot these behaviors, if any seem relevant then it may be time to reach out and ask your loved one how they feel- this can open up an important dialogue between both parties.
If somebody does mention suicidal thoughts directly, take them seriously and listen. Be there for them and let them know you’ll do whatever it takes to help get through tough times, even if they don’t feel like talking about what’s going on in their head at the moment. Sometimes that can be enough to make someone reconsider suicide as an option- just knowing somebody cares is a huge factor when considering whether or not taking your own life is worth it.
If you’re having trouble finding words of support then simply say something along the lines of “I’m here with you” or “You are loved.” If possible, offer tangible assistance by asking how they may want to spend time together (perhaps inviting over some dinner) so that both parties can go back to feeling less alone. It might also be helpful to offer a specific person who can provide emotional support- in the event they don’t have anyone else.
The Tough Reality of Suicide: Their Reasons and How You Can Help.
suicide is badass for them and let them know you’ll do whatever it takes to help get through tough times, even if they don’t feel like talking about what’s going on in their head at the moment. Sometimes that can be enough to make someone reconsider suicide as an option- just knowing somebody cares is a huge factor when considering whether or not taking your own life is worth it. If you’re having trouble finding words of support then simply say something along the lines of
“I’m here for you” or “What can I do to help?”
It might also be helpful to offer a specific person who can provide emotional support- in the event they don’t have anyone else.
Frequently, it’s suggested that people find someone close by they feel comfortable talking with and let them know what is going on. This way, there is somebody nearby who cares about their well being and has time to jump into action if the suicide attempt does happen- so long as this issue was communicated beforehand of course. It’s important not only because of how difficult suicide attempts are but because many times when a suicide occurs, it comes as a shock since no one knew anything was wrong until it happened.
If you’re worried about someone, you can’t be too careful.
Avoiding the topic of suicide altogether doesn’t seem to work well either as it generally leads to increased anxiety and feelings of powerlessness for loved ones who still want to provide care and support but don’t know how best they can do that.
When someone is considering suicide, it’s hard for them to imagine a different life. It feels like the only way out of their bad situation. They’re convinced that nothing will ever get better and they’ll never find joy in anything again.
But suicide can be prevented! We need to make sure people know there are other options than just continuing on with what they currently have or ending their life altogether. There is always help available if you take the first step towards getting some help by speaking up about your struggles and asking for assistance from somebody else who cares about you (therapist, counselor, doctor). A professional may offer medication therapy as well as talk therapy sessions to provide support through difficult times so that we don’t want our lives to end.
Suicide is not an answer. It just makes things worse and it devastates the people around you who loved this person dearly. So if someone you know has been down lately, feel free to ask them what’s on their mind or if they are feeling okay! Reach out for help early so that we can stop suicide from happening all together. If somebody does decide they want to do something about how hopeless life feels without ending a life, make sure they get professional assistance in order to prevent suicide as much as possible by getting some good talk therapy sessions under their belt with a therapist or counselor instead of “fixing” everything themselves through suicide which doesn’t fix anything at all – only ruins lives even more than when the suicide happened in the first place.