How to help someone who’s suicidal

Everyone goes through a rough patch once in a while but not everyone can make it out on their own. It is the very place where depression hits hard that eventually leads to suicide. People with suicidal tendencies usually do not ask for help because they don’t want to bother other people but that does not mean you won’t help them when you know something is wrong.

Suicidal people just want the pain they are feeling to go away, for good. If you know someone who is considering suicide, here are the following tips to help you out:
Check for the warning signs

The warning signs are as follows:

  • ·        Talking about suicide in general
  • ·         Looking for lethal objects to use (guns, knives etc)
  • ·         Sudden fascination with death
  • ·         Hopelessness for the future
  • ·         Loathing or hatred on themselves
  • ·         Getting affairs in order
  • ·         Bidding people goodbye
  • ·         Wanting to be left alone
  • ·         Destructive behavior
  • ·         Sudden change of behavior (from depression to happiness in a day)
Listen and talk to them

Though difficult, you have to. The best way to do it is by talking to them. A good way to change their mind is by showing that someone cares for them. Listen to what they have to say, be sympathetic, give them hope, and let them share their pain with you. Never give them a lecture or make them feel smaller than they are now, it just won’t help.
Remember, prevention is better than losing someone to suicide because you can never have them back.

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