What should you do when a loved one is considering suicide? The first thing to do is not to think they’re just blowing off steam by saying they want to die. Always. Always take it seriously. Yes, they might not mean they want to do anything, but we don’t always know for sure. It’s best to play it safe.
Yes, there are some who commit suicide without ever giving a verbal warning. On the other hand, close to 75% do give a warning.
Get them the help that they need. Call their DR or therapist if they have one. People who take their own life don’t really want to die. They want help. They want the pain to stop. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide.
Here are some things you can do to help your loved one or friend.
- Don’t leave them alone.
- Call 911 or the equivalent in your country. Yes, your loved one or friend might be ticked off that you call on them, but it’s best to be safe. They can get them the emergency help that they need.
- Be there for them. Give them a shoulder to cry on and to talk to.
- Pray for them.
- Don’t argue someone out of suicide. Let the person know that you care, that they are not alone, and that they can get help. Don’t say things like “You have so much to live for” or “If you kill yourself, it will hurt your family.”
- Call the suicide prevention hotline. They have a lot of resources that can help. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- If it’s a friend. Call their family right away.
These are just a few things that you can do to help someone you care about.
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog, you can find her writing about being an author, her faith, and family. She resides in Indiana with her loving husband and four wonderful children, dog and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.