If you ever have to try to help someone who is suicidal (and don’t think you won’t) remember, please, what Sam says here.
My mother hit the nail on the head when she said that I didn’t come with an instruction manual.
If I did, I’d request that it include at least one chapter on suicide – because none of us, including me, were prepared for how to deal with suicidal thoughts and actions. As it turns out, mental illness would drive me to the end of my rope on more than one occasion.
The truth is that no one prepares you for that phone call, the one when your loved one is on the other end of the line saying, “I just can’t do this anymore.”
No one prepares you for that moment when they hang up abruptly, and you have to make a quick decision that might save their life.
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