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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