Has your friend ever mentioned self harm or suicide? You must take it seriously and if you really think that the person is in danger then call 999 or poison control centre immediately because their life is more important than their privacy. Life can get so complicated and overwhelming its sometimes hard to imagine that things will get better and most people bounce back, unfortunately some don’t. Suicide is a tragedy that affects all people. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for people younger than 24.
Here’s what to do when you suspect a friend that might have thoughts of suicide.
1.Learn to recognise the dangerous signs- if they talk about themselves being hopeless or they act anxious. If there is a change in their behaviour and they are being withdrawn, there might also be signs that they are sleeping more or less. They might have hard some alcohol or drugs, they might start to give away or sell their belongings.
2. Initiate dialogue in a non judgmental way- sit them down in a comfort and familiar environment also ensure that you can speak privately and freely in this place. Make it obvious how much care you care about them and say that their behaviour is concerning you. If you think they are a danger to themselves then immediately call 999. Get rid of a pills, razor blades and any other dangerous objects because they are lethal weapons in the hands of a person considering suicide.
3. React with feeling- if your friend DOES confide suicidal thoughts, be compassionate and make it known that you are there to listen. Don’t aim to change their mind because they will close up and won’t speak out also don’t try to cause any arguments. Find put what is hurting them and why they want to commit suicide.
4. Shift the focus from sources of pain- by doing this you should go to the resources of treatment because they may be internal demons inside of them and they might need professional help in order to solve those problems. People who have wanted to commit suicide might have had depression, anxiety or other mood disorders but don’t worry because they can diagnosed and treated. Encourage them to seek help and offer to work with them too.
5. Stay connected- once your friend is on the path to recovery, you must make sure that they are okay because some people go backwards and end up where they started. Encourage family and other close friends to check on them during this vulnerable time, this is one of the most important steps and please do your own independent research because you might find different methods to help someone.
You could save a life by reaching out to someone who is in need. Remember most people don’t want to commit suicide, sometimes they just think it’s the easiest way out out things and that it’ll end all their suffering. This is an extremely delicate situation so you have to be really calm when you are around this person. Don’t try to pressure them either because it’ll worry them more and they will feel as they won’t be able to trust you.
I hope you could help someone and that you found this useful. Thanks for reading xoxo