People contemplating suicide often signal their distress in their intent to harm themselves. Be a compassionate bystander. Verbalize your concern and willingness to support them. Encourage them to seek professional help. You can offer to call a suicide hotline with them. Help them develop a Proactive Plan that includes ways for them to reach out for help should they feel in imminent risk of harming themselves.
Every one of us is entitled to feel our feelings in our own way. We should also feel empowered to share these feelings without judgement, comparison, pity or guilt. Make it clear that it is safe to tell you when they are feeling low.
Be mindful of: