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A Friend in Need - June 26th 2010, 08:07 AM

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Okay, so this guy my best friend has recently gotten close with is suicidal. He's been cutting himself for a long time, and she says he's talked about overdosing and shooting himself. She talked him out of overdosing tonight. What should she do? Should she tell her parents? We're both really worried, and we're not sure if he's actually planning on killing himself or not. We really want to help him, but we're not sure how. Thanks in advance.
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Re: A Friend in Need - June 26th 2010, 08:43 AM

U need to be straight up with him, tell him your worried. Ask does he want/need help. Dont just go to the parents without talking first, make sure he knows u want to be there. If he wont accept help and still wants to kill himself then u probably need to involve a parent.

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Re: A Friend in Need - June 26th 2010, 07:33 PM

It's definately the right thing to do to tell her parents, and his parents. Even though he might not like it right away, you will be saving his life. It's extremely important to tell a trusted adult even if you're not positive he will do it, it's better safe then sorry. Even if he wasn't going to kill himself, then you are helping him get help and feel better which is exactly what he needs right now. For him, you can stick by his side and do the best you can. Let him know you are there for him and you care about him. Keep us updated!

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Re: A Friend in Need - June 27th 2010, 12:51 PM

I agree 100% with Alessa. It is very important to tell a trusted adult about this, such as his or her parents. Even if he is not planning on actually carrying out his plan, it is best to err on the side of caution in this case. Suicide is never something that should be taken lightly.

Let your friend know that you're there to support him all the way. Bear in mind that he may be upset if he learns you're the person who got help for him; if that's the case, I would try explaining to him why you did it, and if he's still bitter, he may just need some space for the time being. One day, he will see what a great thing you did for him.

If it concerns you, tell his or her parents, or whoever you decide to tell, that you'd rather they didn't tell your friend who got help. It's likely he'll be curious, and if you're the only ones who know about his suicidal thoughts, then he might suspect you anyway. However, regardless of the outcome, you're doing the right thing by getting a trusted adult involved in this situation.

Best of luck to you! xx You guys sound like very caring friends!
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Re: A Friend in Need - June 27th 2010, 01:03 PM

I agree with everyone in that fact that your friend should tell her parents to then get this guy some help. At first he may not see it as being helpful and may be upset about it but its the right thing to do.

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