This is the final part of a five part series, the previous of which can be found here. The series primarily looks to empower you through the provision of a tool kit, the means by which you can provide an element of self management for yourself if you are having suicidal thoughts.

The chisel of a compassionate listener

I’ve described my toolkit, which I apply when I notice the first signs of my mind heading in a self-destructive direction, but having a friend or relative on your side can be extremely helpful. If someone tells you they are experiencing suicidal thoughts, I would suggest listening to them. Don’t panic. Let them explain to you how they are feeling and try not to judge. Although the thoughts are irrational, what they are thinking feels real to them and it will take time to get out of that mode of thinking. The most powerful message to try to convey in my opinion, is that these thoughts will pass. You can also signpost to support either through a GP, local mental health crisis service or through the third sector with phone lines and online information provided by Sane, Samaritans, Mind and Bipolar UK.



If you have been affected by anything in this series that upsets you, please talk to someone you trust. If you encounter someone at risk, please encourage them to seek help.

Thank you for reading this instalment. These are my personal thoughts and you may not agree with everything I've written, but I'm hoping it helps open up the subject for discussion. I appreciate it is a challenging subject.

Jeremy


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