I don't know who started this line of BS but I want to set things straight. You can help prevent suicide. No, you can't prevent every case, but people who are suicidal aren't lost causes. They just want the pain to stop and, believe me, the amount of pain they're in is tremendous. More so, if you bully, abuse, or neglect a person who's suicidal then you are part of that person's pain and you are contributing, directly or indirectly, to their suicide. I'm sorry, but this "it's not my fault" stuff is fluff that people tell you to make you feel better. It's not truth.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline says " No matter who you are, you can help prevent suicide". This is the real truth.
Tips on preventing suicide:
If you are suicidal:
- Talk to someone. It doesn't matter if it's a school counselor, a therapist, a parent, a best friend, or the suicide hotline. Talking can help you to calm down and perhaps find long term help.
- Take it one day at a time. You want to kill yourself today? Wait until tomorrow. Then wait another day. Then another. Every day is a battle and an achievement.
- Keep a journal or diary
- Be around other people. Being alone only increases feelings of isolation and the feelings that no one would care. When you're around others you not only keep yourself busy, but you see how much your friends love you.
- seek out support groups and other resources on suicide prevention such as reddit.com/r/suicidewatch or http://www.dailystrength.org.
- visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ where you can call or chat with someone if you're in crisis.
Personal tricks I've learned to help myself stay in a stable mood:
- open all of the curtains and, when the weather allows, the windows
- look up when you walk, not down
- spend time in nature
- exercise regularly and eat healthfully
- If low self esteem at all revolves around your looks, seek out fat and body acceptance resources.
If a loved one is suicidal:
- Never dismiss or invalidate their feelings. They're feeling like this for a reason.
- Take this very very seriously.
- Encourage them to seek help such as a therapist or school counselor. If you are a parent then it is your responsibility to make an appointment as soon as possible.
- Talk to them and really listen
- Remind them how much you love them
- If you've been part of the problem or you have influence over someone who has been stop immediately. Whether it's bullying, teasing, verbal nit picking- whatever. If you're a parent and a sibling of your child is bullying them, intervene immediately. Perhaps get the bully into therapy as well.
- Visit http://www.helpguide.org/mental/suicide_prevention.htm
Suicide can be prevented. Remember the old Smokey the Bear saying, "only you can prevent forest fires"? Only you can help prevent suicide. It's important to remember that suicidal people don't want to die, they want the pain to stop, therefore you have every opportunity to intervene and let them know that their pain isn't permanent and it can be helped. More so, I can't stress enough that the bullies and abusers (same thing really) of the world are responsible for the self harming actions of their victims whether it be self injury, attempted or completed suicide, or their mental well being. Don't say "it's not my fault", ask "what can I do to help?".