Suicidal Friends or Family

Talking with someone who is feeling suicidal can be overwhelming; you aren't sure what to say and what not to say. That's why MHAGC is here to support you through this process. Listed below are a few things to keep in mind:

It is important to take any threats of suicide seriously. Suicide is currently the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and most people who attempt suicide threaten prior to their attempt. Because suicide is highly preventable when taken seriously, this is the safest thing to do to keep the person who is threatening alive and safe.

Depression is a mental illness often associated and correlated with suicidal ideation. The person who is feeling suicidal usually does not want to die, but is depressed and feels that they are in so much pain that life isn't worth living. As with many illnesses, treatment is available for depression.

If someone you know is threatening suicide, try to sit down with them and listen to what they have to say. Allowing that person a chance to talk will not further encourage them toward self-harm, but rather will give them a place to discuss what has them feeling overwhelmed. Don't judge or tell them what to do-just listen and acknowledge what they are feeling. Let them know you care.

After you have fully listened, talk with them about getting help. Having their cooperation best insures that they will be able and willing to get the help they need. Resources are available here. Remember, CRISISline is also available 24/7 to talk with you or your loved one.

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