One of the most important things that you can do if someone you care about talks about suicide is to remain calm and listen to that person. Remember that people who are feeling suicidal isolate themselves, so reaching out to them is vital. They need you to encourage them to talk and then they need you to listen carefully. At Affordable Counseling in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl the therapist will talk with the suicidal person and listen carefully as he or she tells their story.
Some people are in such great pain or in such difficult circumstances that they feel that their lives aren’t worth living. Suicidal thoughts may be brought on by a major life transition, such as the death of a loved one, loss of a job, or the end of a relationship-situations that may leave people feeling overwhelmed, desperate, hurt, and helpless. Other people may be experiencing a steady decline in the quality of their lives, and may blame themselves and think that something is wrong with them. The more they blame themselves, the less worthy they feel of having success, having friends, or having fun. They perceive the future as hopeless. The truth is, Nothing is as scary to parents, children, spouses, and loved ones as somebody they care about expressing suicidal thoughts.
Marriage and Family Therapists at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl conduct therapy sessions with both the individual and his or her family. Because so many suicidal people isolate themselves, family therapy brings the family into the sessions to support the individual who is having problems. The family can also provide insight as to what pushed the person to consider suicide, and what might change in his or her life to make life better. Once the family understands the suicidal person’s story and feelings, they can help him or her from sliding back into isolation.