If your friend is going through a hard time, it is important to help and think about seeking help from a professional who can provide with the support she needs.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask a tough question.
When somebody you know is upset and feeling hopeless, be direct and honest. Ask her upfront, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” Encourage her to tell you the truth, and let her know that you will be there for her no matter what.
2. Stay connected and available.
Research shows that when you’re available to a friend in crisis, it can reduce the risk of suicide. Say to your friend, “I’m here for you, right now and any other time you may need me.” Be present with her and stay connected. Don’t forget to tell her that you will follow-up in a day or two, and do it. If you reassure her that she isn’t a burden to you, she will be more likely to reach out to you again if she’s still feeling distressed.
3. Get help as soon as possible.
There are resources such as the International Association for Suicide Prevention that you can call, text or chat – 24/7/365. To find your nation suicide prevention life search for it via http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/ You can also always reach out to counselors, therapists or teachers.
4. Know that getting help works!
Most people in crisis find help and get through it. They go on to experience life in ways that their despairing mind could never have imagined. By being a friend and following these tips, you can help make this happen.