Being suicidal is an unlawful choice that can make someone take his or her own life. This happens due to some depressed thoughts, uncontrollable circumstances or unrequited questions. In fact, many people commit suicide every day around the world. In the United States, there are more than a million suicide attempts every year. So, suicide is regarded as a public health issue that needs to prevented. This suicidal act does not only involve someone taking their own lives, but it can affect the friends and family of the person.

If you know someone who has been attempting suicides in the past or recent days, you need to know how to handle them. You may even be worried about how you can prevent them from harmful situations and outcomes. Here are some useful ways to help you save a suicidal person and manage the possible urge consequences;

Warn others

First of all, you should hold a belief that the thoughts of killing oneself is real. Then, never ignore when someone says that they want to kill themselves or end their lives. You can call emergency services to take note of the person. You can take them for initial assessment or at least notify their guardian/s to watch them all the time. Take away all kinds of harmful tools and objects from them. These include kitchen knives and scissors and sharp nails, poison containing liquors and washing agents or drugs.

Listen and refer to professional help

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Prevention is time sensitive for suicidal people. You need to be active listener if someone approaches you or gives you warning signs. Try to listen as much as they allow you to, probe with caution to get to know if they have a plan or what motives they have behind it. You can take them to a professional for help or include them in social activities as much as possible.

Suicidal thoughts emerge from feelings of worthlessness, loneliness, and emotional pain. Any help that can diminish their loneliness and feelings of unwanted will be helpful. Compliments and praise them, stay with them and spend some fun time together. You can invite them to join any volunteer social work as well. This will help them gain honor and happiness or peace of mind. What they lack in life is what they can embrace to forget suicide.

Choose your words wisely

During this period, the suicidal person might be very sensitive and can perceive any of your comment as offensive. This can compel them to take self-mutilation action immediately.

Phrases to avoid:

– How could you think like that?
– Your life is worth living
– It will hurt me if you do this
– You are selfish
– You are kidding, right?
– It shows you are a loser
– These are temporary words
– You will be punished in afterlife
– This is illegal

Rather the preferable way to deal effectively with them is to say “I understand” or “I see you are going through this at the moment” and never delays crises management responsibility that you have to save them as discussed in this article.

In the end, here is a list to check what you have done or missed as a part of your duty and contribute to this cause, your deeds may save a precious life!

– Inform family member or close one
– Provide emergency call number
– Help others in taking away all harmful objects
– Watch or observe for 48 hours or till the person is out of the suicidal feelings
– Not to leave the person alone and also guide others
– Sharing/communicate with conveying care

If you know any suicidal person, you can ask them to join a mental health forum or a depression forum to help them deal with any situation they are going through and learn from other people.

Nazish Idrees is a young and active clinical psychologist (Silver Medalist in M.S. Clinical Psychology) with 2 years of experience in the field. She worked hard throughout her 18 years of education with a passion for serving humanity. She is also a marvelous researcher, teacher, and a writer. Currently doing clinical practice and conducting workshops to train Pakistani population to benefit their mental health while initiating to break the associated stigmas in culture.
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