It’s not always easy knowing where to start or what to say.
What do I say if my friend mentions they’ve had suicidal thoughts?
If somebody does share this with you, you have to appreciate just how big a step that is.
Reassurance is key in any conversation around mental health and so your initial reaction to these words will be the foundation to how the conversation proceeds.
A simple “that is ok” or “I appreciate you telling me” can let them know that you are taking them seriously.
You can then ask them if they have or need support, whether they are suicidal right now, if they have any plans to end their lives. Don’t be scared to ask direct questions in order to understand the situation.
If their lives are in immediate danger then call the emergency services. There are now 24/7 mental health crisis teams available across England, you can find their details on the Hub of Hope.
Things you can do
- Offer reassurance
- Ask what your friend needs, and listen
- If your friend is in immediate danger, call the emergency services