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Yesterdays suicide awareness day highlighted the importance of taking the time to ask friends and family if they’re OK.
If you're worried that someone might be thinking about suicide, don't be afraid to be the one to step up and ask them directly about how they’re feeling. It took the passing of a close friend for me to realise that if someone has thoughts or feelings about suicide, it's important to take them seriously.
For a person who is suicidal, it can be really hard to tell someone they care about that they are feeling this way. If someone shares with you that they’re thinking about suicide, it is important that you acknowledge their words and pain, and invite them to keep talking. Be gentle, compassionate and nonjudgmental. Even if you can't understand why they are feeling this way it is important to accept that they are. Try to stay calm, positive and hopeful that things can and will get better.
Let them know about the various mental health services available and encourage them to use these services. Free text or Call the “1737” Helpline, they offer support through trained counsellors which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Most people who attempt suicide don’t want to die, they just can't see another way out of their situation or want their pain to end.
As Kiwis we are often too scared to either confront or be confronted about suicide, but it doesn’t have to be scary.
You don't need to have all the answers, or to offer advice. The BEST thing you can do is be there and listen to what they have to say.
If you find yourself ever feeling down and can’t talk to family or friends about it, the Depression Helpline “0800 111 757” have trained counsellors who would love to talk.
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