anonymous suicide prevention hotlines they can call. More importantly, let them know how much their life means to you – be sincere, be genuine.
3. Don’t try to be a therapist.
Your job as the concerned friend or family member is to provide support – not solutions. As much as you probably want to solve all their problems, one of the best things you can do is listen, be supportive, and check in often to see how they’re doing.
Not sure how to do that? You can always call a crisis line to receive some professional advice. Although it’s difficult, you can’t force someone to seek help if they don’t want it. It’s up to them, but sometimes, all a person needs is the love and support of the people around them to be honest with themselves and get the help they need.
Suicide Warning Signs Include:
- Drug and alcohol use
- No longer interested in hobbies they once loved
- Giving away belongings
- Loss of energy
- Becoming preoccupied with death
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Sleeping too much
- Withdrawal from others
- Unexpected calmness or happiness
- Saying goodbye to loved ones
If you are considering suicide, call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 or visit their website.