I’m Worried about Someone with Suicidal Thoughts
It’s normal to wonder what you can do to help when someone you know is going through a difficult period, saying worrisome things, or exhibiting troubling behaviour.
My friend hadn’t come to practice for a few weeks. I asked him if he was thinking about suicide. It wasn’t easy, but it was the right thing to do. After we talked, he went to see his doctor with support from his girlfriend.
I felt so helpless when I realized my son wasn’t doing well. I didn’t understand his reactions and I had no idea what to do. I called Info-Social, and they helped me find a specialized resource for him.
Tools to help you
We’re here to provide support and tools to people worried about their loved ones. Here’s some information that may help.
01 Recognizing signs of distress
A number of signs may indicate that a loved one is in distress or thinking about suicide. Recognizing them can help you act quickly to prevent the situation from deteriorating.
02 Talking about suicide with someone
Talking about suicide with someone you’re worried about isn’t always easy. There are different ways to start the conversation and ask if they’re thinking about suicide.
03 Supporting someone in difficulty
It’s important to seek professional assistance when helping someone with suicidal thoughts. The key thing is to know which resources to turn to for support and how to reach them.
04 Helping someone recover
There are a number of things you can do to help someone with suicidal thoughts feel better and recover the will to live.
05 Respecting your limits and taking care of yourself
Helping someone with suicidal thoughts can be draining. That’s why it’s so important to respect your limits. Doing so will help you maintain balance so you can continue providing support.