Help for Others

Are you concerned about someone you know/love and their potential for self-harm? Let us commend you for taking steps to help, just by being here and reading this. Knowing that someone cares enough to take action is often very comforting to a person who is feeling hopeless.

Suicide is preventable and it is a choice. But each person makes that choice on their own. You are not responsible for someone else’s actions – the best you can do is offer support. Listen, learn, be available and be sensitive regarding the things this person shares with you.

Assist your loved one in making a call for professional help. Also, be encouraging without trivializing the pain they feel. Try “I know things will get better, and you will feel relief in this situation,” not “Grow up, it’s no big deal, I don’t know what you’re so upset about.” Find ways to ensure that your friend is safe and not left alone.

Please peruse the resources below for additional help.