conversation could change a life!
|One of the most
important ways to be a good friend is to
help your friends when you notice
something is wrong. This includes
helping them get the support they need
and deserve if they are experiencing a
mental health condition. This might seem
like a big task, but it doesn’t have to
This one simple question could make a huge
difference in the life of someone you care about.
This message should be taken to every classroom,
home and business. By having the confidence to start
conversations often…and with real care, you can be
the motivation for transforming those who are
struggling with life. Asking a classmate or friend
if they’re ok can help a student cope with stressful
situations at school or home that seem overwhelming.
It can help a businessperson deal with imminent
deadlines or the stress of disgruntled co-workers.
It can help a family member overcome the crushing
feelings of hopelessness, anger or depression.
Remember…suicide can be prevented.
The best way to help prevent suicide is to
be aware of some common warning signs. Although some
suicides do occur without warning, most people will
show outward signs. It’s important to recognize when
someone is suicidal, but it’s equally as important
to be aware of the first signs of trouble.
are some warning signs:
Be aware of others’ feelings!
- Talking about wanting to die
- Researching ways to kill
- Talking about feeling hopeless
- Talking about having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling unbearable heartache
- Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing alcohol or drug
agitated or behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing from others or feeling isolated
Talking about seeking
- Displaying extreme mood swings
Many people, at some time in their lives, think
about suicide. Most of them decide to live because
they eventually come to realize that their crisis is
temporary, but death is permanent. On the other
hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive that
their dilemma is inescapable and feel a total loss
Do you know someone who exhibits these
signs? Offer them help…a listening ear…whatever
support they need!
if some situations or conversations with those you
care about become too complicated for family or
friends to handle…or if you’re worried about someone
and feel they need urgent professional support,
contact your local doctor or a crisis support
center. Just like you, R U OK? Is not equipped to
offer crisis intervention or expert counseling…and
our website is not a substitute for the professional