Giving support to someone in pain

Content contains: discussions about suicide, depression and anxiety.

By Kitty Stryker, 2017 May 24

Nothing in my life has ever made me want to commit suicide more than people’s reaction to my trying to commit suicide.

— Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

There’s advice out there on how to be supportive to a friend or a lover who is struggling with the desire to die by suicide. Problem is, these are often written by people who are professionals who may or may not have ever experienced those feelings themselves and some of their advice can be actively harmful. As someone who has been suicidal and has counseled people through some of the darkest places of their lives, I wanted to offer up this guide from my personal experience on how best to care for loved ones who want to die. I hope you never have to use it but if you do, I hope it’s useful.

The guide

Originally posted on Wear Your Voice.