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How to help a friend with suicidal thoughts?

5 Answers
Last Updated: 02/10/2020 at 9:38am
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Top Rated Answers
hopefulParadise73
June 26th, 2018 3:55pm
Listen to what is bothering him or her.Suggest to seek professional help.Try to be understanding and helpful.
Anonymous
July 2nd, 2018 8:51am
Try to be there for them and listen to them. Maybe also try to distract them from suicidal thoughts and let them have a good time. If you think they could kill themselves call 911
Anonymous
June 17th, 2019 4:01pm
Try to put yourself in their shoes and know they are in a dark place. Provide support and most importantly just be there as someone who listens and who they can trust. Do not try to fix them and constantly remind them you are proud of how far they have come! Remind them of all the things they have achieved, what they have to looked forward to and how much they are loved. Also remind them there will come a time when they won’t feel this way whether it is in days, months or years but no matter what you will always be there
Anonymous
January 13th, 2020 1:37am
Help the friend understand life is worth living for. Be with the friends as much as you can. Talking with the friend to help them reflect on things on life. It happens to some people when they can see what they are doing in life, get lost and start contemplating an exiting plan. Don't forget to let them know. Death itself creates pain and traumas to people who are left behind. On the other hand, suicidal thoughts are only thoughts. Most people have had thoughts like those. So don't play the blame game with your friend. Shaming and blaming may cause negative outcomes. Care for your friend and act like a friend.
WilliamStickwell
February 10th, 2020 9:38am
It is a very difficult situation your friend is into. To help a friend in deep need of care and protection, one can sometimes go too far and take one's pain on ourselves. There has to be a limit you have to set yourself, a stopping point saying "I cannot help any further". Beyond this point, you should tell your friend to go see a psychologist. It does depend on the thoughts your friend has. Sometimes, just being there, having a friendly chat, really helps. Try and relate as much as possible to your friends' issues without taking his/her pain on yourself.