I really don’t think I can take it anymore

“I really don’t think I can take it anymore.”
Her shoulder slumps.

Your heart starts beating very fast and you don’t know what to say.

What does she mean?
“Can’t take it anymore.”
Is she thinking of taking her own life?
Is she… suicidal?

It can be very scary when someone shares dark thoughts and feelings with you, especially if you’re not expecting it.

They don’t train us in school on how to deal with things like this. They should though, because it could save lives.

Take a deep breath.
No, don’t assume.
Don’t jump to conclusions.
And don’t judge.

You take another breath.

“You sound like you’re struggling. Can you tell me what’s been happening?”

“You can’t take it anymore? Do you want to talk about it?”

Both are great responses.
You haven’t judged them for sharing their pain, and you’ve let them know that it’s safe to talk to you.

#MentalHealth and #Suicide are important issues that need addressing.

Like #FirstAid, everyone should learn the basics of #ActiveListening as the first step towards supporting someone who’s struggling.

If that is you, and you need someone to talk to, call Samaritans freephone on 116 123 from the UK or email jo@samaritans.org.

There will always be someone to listen.

If that is not you, perhaps you might consider joining us as a listening volunteer?
Check our website 👇🏻 for your nearest branch and their information day.

We’d love to have you join our family. 🌹