Help Save A Life – Prevent Suicide

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What happens when you meet a person and the very next day you hear he or she has committed suicide? You are guilt-ridden and feel only as if you had realized the other’s state of mind. Only if you could have helped. Only if you had looked deeper.

The truth is you would have helped only if you were aware of what the other was going through. You are not educated enough to identify the mental state of an agonized person. If you ever come across a person going through the following feelings be on your guard as that person can be suicidal:

  1. The person is always in emotional pain
  2. The person can’t think clearly
  3. He or she can’t sleep, eat or work
  4. They can’t see themselves worthwhile
  5. They can’t see future without pain
  6. He or she can’t seem to get control

When you find a friend or an associate suicidal the do’s and don’ts you should follow


  1. Do show interest and support.
  2. Do talk openly about suicide.
  3. Do offer hope that alternatives are available.
  4. Do remove means like pills and weapons.
  5. Do get help from people specialized in suicide prevention


  1. Don’t be judgmental. Don’t debate on the topic.
  2. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
  3. Don’t dare him or her to do it.
  4. Don’t be sworn to secrecy.

Being Helpful

You can help a suicidal person by being an Active Listener. Listen carefully to all that the person is sharing with you. Active listening is different from just hearing out the person, active listener concentrates, understands, and participates a little in the conversation. To be an active listener you should:

  1. Acknowledge to what the speaker is saying A simple nod or motion of the head or a short ‘aha’ is also sufficient to show your interest in the conversation.
  2. Respond verbally by asking questions or by clarifying what the other person is saying. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Let the other know that you are concerned and are interested in their life.
  3. Repeating what you hear helps them to hear themselves. When you repeat what they have said they kind of hear themselves which gives them positive reinforcement.
  4.  Make eye contact. Look directly into the eyes of the other person while conversing. It gives them the impression that you are attentive and listening to them carefully.

Bottom Line

Remember all you do is only like giving First Aid to someone in trauma. You will have to convince the person to seek professional guidance. Family and friends are always the best support structure any mentally unwell person can get. In spite of professional counseling continues to stay socially in touch with your associate.

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