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To those who think, ‘I’m not qualified to talk to someone who is suicidal’

It scares you when someone tells you they are thinking of suicide.  Or when you recognize the signs in social media. The fear sets in and you think you are not qualified. Because it freaks you out. It feels like a huge responsibility.

First, you are not supposed to fix this. For that, you are not qualified.

You are qualified to listen and talk, however.

What do you say at first?

Here are some examples.

You start by saying something like this. “I feel very concerned about you. Are you thinking of suicide?”

You have to be blunt and direct. … Read more...

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