Navigating your own mental wellness can be hard, but helping to navigate mental health challenges of a friend or loved one can be even trickier. Suicide is often an uncomfortable topic and can be difficult for others to speak about, but what if we had more of these conversations? What if we prompted those we love and asked them about their mental health as a way to help prevent suicide?
“Most people don’t want to die. They just want the emotional pain that they’re in to stop. It can feel unbearable and they lose hope that it’s ever going to get better and that is when people become suicidal,” says Becky Stoll, Vice President of Crisis & Disaster Management at Centerstone.
Hearing someone that you care about express thoughts of suicide can be both shocking and heartbreaking, but there are some ways you can help. The next time you are worried about someone try to utilize these tips to engage them in conversation and help create a safe space for sharing:
If you or someone you know might be at-risk for suicide or other mental health challenges, Centerstone can help. Call us at 1-877-HOPE123 or visit centerstone.org for more information.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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