1. Listen without judgement.
2. Be kind, have compassion.
3. You don’t know anything about it so shut up.
4. Really, I mean it. The last thing they need is an ultimatum or the fear that you too will abandon them.
5. Offer real help. Condolences and prayers only go so far when someone is going under for what might be the third time. Knowing what resources are in your area and the number of any warm lines IS helping.
6. Know these numbers:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Rainn.org (rape, abuse, & incest national network) 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)
The Trevor Project for LBGTPQ youth 866-488-7386
unitedway.org Provides many services and resources for free. Call 211
7. Take as much time as it takes. It very well could be you feeling that low someday. Would you want the person you reached out for to be in a hurry?
8. If at any time your friend makes it clear they have immediate plans to end their life, take it seriously. Try to get them to voluntarily admit themselves to a hospital or dial 911.
No one has to be alone. You are worth more than you could ever know.
Take it from someone who is still fighting, had I punched my own ticket every time I didn’t think I would see the sun I would’ve missed SO many wonderful things.
The births of 7 kids between family and friends. Some I haven’t even gotten to meet yet because of distance but I hope to someday.
Yeah, there’s been bad and I’ve been neck deep in a ton of bad for the last four years BUT I have faith. I have faith in a lot of things. You don’t have to go for a big guy in the sky you just have to have faith that YOU can survive. You will, if you always reach for help.