Help a Friend

3 things you need to KNOW

  • They are not thinking rationally.

    Be prepared with a plan or some suggestions if they need help making decisions.

  • They need to express difficult feelings.

    Sometimes a listening hear may be all they need. Try not to take things they say too personally.

  • They need you to stand by them.

    They need to know they’re not alone, that you care about them and will help them.

3 things you need to DO if you think the person may take their life

  • Talk to them about your concerns.

    They may be so caught up in survival mode they don’t even realize how bad things are.

  • Encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

    Perhaps a nudge in the right direction is all they need.

  • Tell another friend, family member, pastor, or health care professional who can help.

    Telling others creates a safety net that will help both of you. A strong rope is made of many threads.

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