Suicidal talks are often upsetting and it may be difficult to take an open attitude towards them; even listening to them can be distressing. If someone close to you tells you they are thinking or planning to commit suicide, it is extremely important to always listen and let them talk, as well as calmly discuss the matter.
Tell them it is possible to get over suicidal thoughts and that even severe anxiety may be treated efficiently. Tell them about the different ways of getting help and go with them to the nearest health care centre or on-duty hospital. Encourage them to seek help and help them understand that help really is available.
- Listen to what they want to say.
- Evaluate the situation and, if necessary, try to convince them to seek help at the local psychiatric emergency clinic or health care centre as soon as possible.
- Encourage the person close to you to believe that self-destructive thoughts can be overcome and these thoughts may be treated efficiently.
- Take care of your own well-being. You, too, can call the crisis helpline, for example.