How To Help?

Follow The Rules

*Don’t assume that the issue will fix itself.
*Let them know that you care about them, and that
*There are treatment options available that will help them heal.
*Speak with a mental health professional or counselor if you think your friend or family member is experiencing the symptoms
*The most important thing, offer up proof that you are there
*At this time, they truly feel alone, so asking and showing you are present can make a huge difference
*Asking questions can be hard, so here are a few:
“You seem really depressed lately – how are you handling that? Getting assistance?”
“Do you think about hurting yourself?”
“What do you think about your future?”
“Are you feeling hopeless?”
“Have you thought about doing something about that?”
Asking helps to:
  1. Show you care
  2. Learn  if the person could be a danger to themself
Often, the ones closest, are the first to notice the signs of possible suicidal ideations and can take the necessary steps to helping the loved one find treatment with a professional.
***Do not leave them alone.
***Do not promise anyone that you will keep their suicidal thoughts a secret.
***Make sure to tell a trusted friend or family member, or an adult with whom you feel comfortable.
***You can also Use these resources to find assistance:


Listen when they talk about how they feel

be reassuring and supporting

remind them not to be hard on themselves, their emotions are already causing enough pain for them
Give the necessary space if they are feeling overwhelmed
Realize that these emotional and feelings are not their fault, it is an unfortunate part of mental illness

If your loved one knows that they have someone that is supporting them, they will be more willing and empowered to look for help.


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