On top of running a small business I also run a non-profit organization for suicide prevention and awareness.
I created a check-list and to-do list incase someone you know is battling thoughts. Please see below, both.
What To Do If You Think Someone Is Suicidal
- Help them create their own positivity checklist. Example below
- LISTEN, don’t say anything, just truly listen
- Have them be around their support system
- If they can’t be, you can be there for them
- Let them cry it out as hard as they need to, if needed.
- Make sure they are in a safe place, no sharp objects or bottles of pills
- Make their favorite food for them (comfort food is a great healer)
- Give them the hotline or a text-line if they want to talk to someone else
- Have them reach out to Safe Haven , we are here 24/7/365
- Get them out, go for a walk or drive, let them see the beauty of nature
- Share with them the benefits of talking to a licensed professional, if it suits their needs. It isn’t for everyone.
What To Do – Checklist
- Are they safe?
- Are there sharp objects or pills?
- Do they have a positive support system?
- Have they eaten today?
- Is there a favorite hobby you could engage with them?
- If they have a therapist, have them been contacted by the person?
- This is very important, do not ever call for them. Let them call and tell their therapist they are in the process of having thoughts. A lot of the time they will help you anyway they can in that moment.
- Are they alone?
- If so, get over there or find someone who can.
- Is their speech clear or slurring?
- Are they sober?
- If you can drive to them and they stop responding do a wellness check.
- If they live with family or people who don’t know, act accordingly, don’t scare them. Ask to see them because you were in the area.