Suicide Quotes (1566 quotes)
How to Help a Friend Feeling Suicidal
My Friend Is Talking About Suicide. What Should I Do?
It's sad but very true that everyone's had at least one seriously depressed friend they were kinda worried about and had no idea how to help. But depressed people are so often told that it's their responsibility to "reach out to someone. The reason it is bullshit is that so often when a depressed person does reach out to someone, that person reacts horribly, thereby causing the depressed person to think that reaching out to people sucks. These terrible reactions could include:. All that said, I'm obviously not a doctor. But I am also a person with an entirely too lengthy history of dealing with depression and suicidal ideation in myself and the people I love, so I can tell you that all of those things are incredibly painful to hear.
Many people desperately want to know what to say — and what not to say — to someone who is thinking of suicide. Several hundred have left comments. So in this post, I provide 10 things to say to a suicidal person. Before starting, I want to make some things clear: I came up with this list based on my conversations with suicidal individuals in my work as a clinical social worker, my readings of both clinical literature and accounts by individuals who experienced suicidal crises, and my own past experiences with suicidal thoughts. I also want to make clear that this list of things to say is not intended to be a script. Let the person tell their story.
Everyone feels sad, depressed, or angry sometimes — especially when dealing with the pressures of school, friends, and family. But some people may feel sadness or hopelessness that just won't go away, and even small problems may seem like too much to handle. Depression can affect many areas of a person's life and outlook. Someone who has very intense feelings of depression, emotional pain, or irritability may begin to think about suicide. You may have heard that people who talk about suicide won't actually go through with it.
If someone is considering suicide, your first move should always be to call emergency services , such as dialing or the National Suicide Hotline TALK in the US. The two most important things you can do with someone considering suicide are to listen and keep them in your sight at all times. Talking someone out of suicide is a difficult process, and you should always contact professionals to handle this delicate situation. Keep reading to learn some of the warning signs of suicide. This article was co-authored by Crisis Text Line. Those in crisis can text to be connected with a trained Crisis Counselor. They've exchanged over million messages with people in crisis around the US and are rapidly expanding.