MultipleMinds said 9 years, 10 months ago:

When talking to a suicidal person

◾Be yourself. Let the person know you care, that he/she is not alone. The right words are often unimportant. If you are concerned, your voice and manner will show it.
◾ Listen. Let the suicidal person unload despair, ventilate anger. No matter how negative the conversation seems, the fact that it exists is a positive sign.
◾ Be sympathetic, non-judgmental, patient, calm, accepting. Your friend or family member is doing the right thing by talking about his/her feelings.
◾ Offer hope. Reassure the person that help is available and that the suicidal feelings are temporary. Let the person know that his or her life is important to you.
◾ If the person says things like, “I’m so depressed, I can’t go on,” ask the question: “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” You are not putting ideas in their head, you are showing that you are concerned, that you take them seriously, and that it’s OK for them to share their pain with you.

But don’t:
◾Argue with the suicidal person. Avoid saying things like: “You have so much to live for,” “Your suicide will hurt your family,” or “Look on the bright side.”
◾Act shocked, lecture on the value of life, or say that suicide is wrong.
◾Promise confidentiality. Refuse to be sworn to secrecy. A life is at stake and you may need to speak to a mental health professional in order to keep the suicidal person safe. If you promise to keep your discussions secret, you may have to break your word.
◾Offer ways to fix their problems, or give advice, or make them feel like they have to justify their suicidal feelings. It is not about how bad the problem is, but how badly it’s hurting your friend or loved one.
◾Blame yourself. You can’t “fix” someone’s depression. Your loved one’s happiness, or lack thereof, is not your responsibility.

Deleted User said 9 years, 10 months ago:

This is helpful, @multipleminds. Thank you for sharing this.

ness0322 said 9 years, 10 months ago:

Thank you for sharing this. I know myself and loved ones that have been in a rough situation and suicide seemed like the only answer. It is important that people know what to do in those situations and this was helpful.

MultipleMinds said 9 years, 10 months ago:

You’re both welcome. It’s not a problem. I’ve been in suicidal situations all the time, and so I just figured I could try to help others who are going through the same thing.