Support a friend

Do you know of someone who has been affected by suicide or may be at risk themselves? Our guide below may answer some of the questions you may be having. 

Losing someone to suicide is particularly difficult and people’s reaction to this can be varied. Often people don’t know what to say or how to act and can therefore find it difficult to approach someone who has been bereaved.

It can be scary when you realise you know someone who needs help. Let your friend know you care, and spend time with them. Just knowing that somebody cares about them can be reassuring as they may feel very alone and as if no one cares. If you are usure about what to say to your friend or how to approach the situation, try telling your friend that you are worried about them and try to figure out why your friend may be feeling the way they are.

If they do talk to you about how they’re feeling, it might help if you acknowledge that they are feeling down and things might seem hard, while at the same time trying to remain positive and encouraging.

Often hope can be found in the most unlikely areas, what helped you or your friend to cope? Let us know and we will add them to the list below.

Timing can be an important part of talking to someone about sensitive issues. If possible, and if your friend is not at immediate risk of harming themselves, try to choose a time when you’re both relaxed. If you feel they are in immediate risk of an attempt on their life, then calling an ambulance or getting them to A&E or to another safe environment with a trusted, responsible adult who can help your friend, is the right thing to do.

Encourage your friend to engage with their Doctor who will be able to provide professional guidance.

Letting your friend know that you are there for them can often be reassuring.

Don't underestimate the power of a converastion, just chatting to your friend may help them more than you realise.