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

Suicidal thoughts start off less intense then become unbearable before they taper off. Sometimes it’s one peak and sometimes it can be another peak in there

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 …