If a loved one or friend is feeling suicidal, take them seriously. Step in and let them know you care, that there is hope, and that you are there for them. Encourage them to seek help or call a crisis line for direction. Don’t make the promise that you will keep their feelings a secret. You may need to let someone know so you can find help for them.
Depression or thoughts of suicide can affect absolutely anybody. Reassure your friend or loved one that they are not alone. Be encouraging. Depression is very treatable and thoughts of suicide can be turned into positive hope. Encourage them to seek diagnosis and potential treatment options, to speak with their health care provider/doctor immediately.
There is help and hope available. Many people living with depression or thoughts of suicide try to harm themselves because they believe that they’re “stuck this way forever.” This isn’t true. Situations and circumstances do change. Things will get better. Encourage your friend or loved one to take the first step by deciding to seek treatment and support. It will make a vital difference.
Remember that you are important. Your life counts, and you can make a difference in this world. If you ever need to talk about this or anything else, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here for you.