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My friend is threatening suicide.. - April 18th 2013, 11:18 PM

So a good friend of mine is currently living in a homeless shelter for youth. Just today she was sending me very descriptive messages about how she would kill herself if she could...Should I contact her shelter and tell them to keep a close eye on her or something? Do I do anything?
   
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Re: My friend is threatening suicide.. - April 19th 2013, 12:35 AM

Help her comfort and console please!!
   
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Re: My friend is threatening suicide.. - April 19th 2013, 12:56 AM

Hey there,

You are a really great person for being so concerned about your friend. One thing you can do is let her know you care about her a lot and are there to listen to her if she ever needs someone. It can help a person a lot to know that they have someone who cares about them, someone who will listen. Also urge her to get help from someone at the shelter or someone else she trusts because it is important she has a support system around her.

But, if you think your friend is in any risk of hurting herself or someone else, even a little, then yes, call the shelter. That way they can talk to her about what is going on and get her the help she deserves, and keep a bit of a closer eye on her to make sure she is safe. Your friend may be a little bit upset with you at first but in the end it is better that she is upset with you but getting help than risking the alternative of something happening to her.

So, basically listen to her when she needs it, urge her to get help, and if you think she's in danger or at risk in any risk, do speak up.

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Re: My friend is threatening suicide.. - April 19th 2013, 01:07 AM

Hey, Mila!

I think you're a really good friend and person for caring about this friend. When someone is depressed, you could help them so much more than you know just by listening to them. Offer to listen to their feelings/thoughts. Remind this person that their life is important and worth it, that life is worth it. Dez also gave a good idea, encourage her to talk to others as well.

I think it would be a good idea to tell the shelter since she's talking about suicide.

Good luck to your friend. Hope she feels better soon. You're a great friend.
   
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Re: My friend is threatening suicide.. - April 19th 2013, 01:36 AM

She's attempted about five times in the past and has ended up in the hospital every time for it...And Ic ant be with her at the moment to comfort her, and she won't take comfort anyways. She is not the kind of person -- she's to strong-minded and would rather push people away than get comfort...
She texted me today talking about how she felt like jumping off the bridge into the harbor, and she was actually considering it...and about how she just wanted to get a gun and put it to her head cause it was her "ideal death"...It just makes me really nervous. Ill try talking to her about it again, but if she doesn't listen, I will call the place.

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Re: My friend is threatening suicide.. - April 19th 2013, 01:41 AM

Try! Try your best & do not stop


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Re: My friend is threatening suicide.. - April 19th 2013, 01:45 AM

Hello there,

Yes, you definitely should contact the shelter. If she is really serious about suicide, then the shelter may request she go to the hospital for an evaluation. Now, I should warn you, she may get angry that you reported the danger she's in - she may feel that you betrayed her - but it's important that you do this anyway, because someday she will be grateful that you saved her life.

Good luck, Hon. I'm here for you if you need me - just PM me.

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Re: My friend is threatening suicide.. - April 19th 2013, 01:47 AM

Some people push others away, but it's eventually possible to get through to them. Keep trying, keep trying to comfort her even if she refuses. Show her that people DO care and won't leave her. That's what she needs to find out. I think you really should tell the shelter now since she's said all that and has attempted in the past.
   
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