Tapati (tapati) wrote,

Suicide Prevention: Helping Friends or Family Members

CNN has an excellent article today: How To Save a Friend From The Brink...of suicide

While it is not always possible to save a suicidal friend or family member, here are some ideas of what to do and what not to do. One of the best things you can do is to ASK directly when someone seems troubled or depressed: Are you thinking about killing yourself? They may not know how to broach the subject because of the shame around this in our society. It's a myth that you will put the thought into their head. Usually it is already there. The non-judgmental part is also key. Judgment just causes the person to withdraw more and isolation is so dangerous. I got through more than one suicidal depression with the help of my dear friends, for whom I am eternally grateful.
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