Did you know that you can’t plant the seeds of suicide in someone’s head by asking them the question?
Many people who are suffering will already have thought of ending their life as a means to stop the pain.
– For some, this may only be a fleeting thought.
– For others, suicidal thoughts may be more frequent, especially in times of stress.
Some, who suffer from mental health, may hear voices that tell them they are worthless, and they should just make the world a better place by leaving it.
And there are those who may live with unbearable pain such as with terminal disease, who seek relief for themselves, and perhaps for those they love.
Suicide is a complex and emotionally charged subject, not one to be taken lightly.
At the same time, it also needs to not be taboo.
And that is why Samaritans serve such a crucial need. We provide a safe space for anyone to share their thoughts and feelings, without judgement.
Call freephone 116 123 or email Jo@samaritans.org anytime.
“I can’t live like this any longer.”
“Can you tell me a bit more?”
You want to create a safe space for the speaker to open up.
This is the first step to helping people talk about their darkest feelings, especially if suicide is something that they are struggling with.