On a recent episode of Scrubbing In, a patient talks about not wanting to live any more and the nurses take immediate action to get her the support she needs. Even though this patient didn’t actually plan to end her life, she was feeling depressed and hopeless, and getting her help was the right thing to do. If you have a friend or family member who is feeling really down or talking about wanting to die or “not wanting to be here anymore,” it’s important to pay attention and take action to support them.
Sometimes providing support might mean talking to a friend who is struggling, listening to how their feeling and encouraging them to reach out for help. It’s OK to ask someone you’re worried about whether they have thought about hurting themselves. Other times, people may not be receptive to our help…so supporting them may mean reaching out to their family members or other friends to figure out the best way to keep them safe.
If someone is threatening to end their life or has a plan for hurting themselves, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are unsure about how to help, call 1-800-273-TALK (5239) anytime for a confidential conversation with a trained counselor.