If someone feels suicidal, it’s important to take their feelings seriously and offer support. Here are some steps you can take to help:
- Listen to them. Let the person express their feelings without interruption or judgment. Let them know that you are there to support them and that their feelings are valid.
- Help them get professional help. Encourage them to seek help from a mental health professional, such as a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist. You can also suggest they call a crisis hotline or visit an emergency room.
- Be there for them. Let the person know that you will support them through their struggles and that you will be there for them. Offer to help them make an appointment with a professional or to go with them to a therapy session.
- Help them remove potential hazards. If you are worried that the person may harm themselves, help them remove any potential hazards, such as medications, weapons, or other dangerous items, from their reach.
- Encourage them to take care of themselves. Help the person to take care of themselves by encouraging them to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise.
- Keep in touch. Check on the person regularly to see how they are doing and to offer your support.
It’s important to remember that suicide is preventable and that there is help available for people who are struggling. If someone you know is in crisis, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
It is important to note that, if someone you know is in immediate danger, don’t hesitate to call emergency services or take them to the emergency room.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to us by visiting our website at mindybd.com/chat for more resources and support.