A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that does not mean that they don’t want to be helped. As family or friends, we can all help to look out for those who may be struggling in this way. If you suspect that a family member or friend is feeling suicidal, don’t stay quiet for fear of upsetting them or overstepping a boundary*. Talking openly to someone about their suicidal thoughts and feelings could save their life. This supportive attitude is reflected in the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 (10 September 2017), Take a minute, change a life.
*If you think a child is in immediate danger, please don’t delay to call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or the police on 999.