I knew he was battling something. He was becoming more withdrawn and small stuff set him off pretty easy. He wasn’t his normal self. I was concerned that if I said something, he would get pissed at me, but I could see where he was heading – a pretty dark place. I mustered the courage to have a chat with him at lunch. He didn’t get mad, he broke down and thanked me for caring. That made me feel good and broke the ice for him to reach out for help."Jim, Site Manager
Chances are that you’ve never had a conversation about suicide with someone. You might feel uncomfortable, helpless, or even overwhelmed. Despite these feelings, it’s really important that you show support to the person you’re concerned about. Doing so can be the difference between life and death.
It’s perfectly natural to have doubts about raising such a sensitive subject as a suicide. It’s completely understandable that you would worry about saying the wrong thing.
And let’s be frank – many of us are afraid that if we raise the topic of suicide, then we risk putting the idea in someone’s head. That talking about suicide actually makes it more likely that someone will take their own life. Rest assured that this simply isn’t true.
Here are some steps to follow for having a conversation about suicide: