A couple of years ago I was on a late evening cycle ride, as I rode along I spotted a figure sitting in place of danger.
It would have been easy to cycle on but I was worried as the person looked pretty sad. I was right, they were deeply unhappy.
Whilst I chatted to them and tried to encourage them to come away from the place of danger, I quietly texted my wife who called the police who eventually arrived and took over from me.
The good news is that about an hour later they came away from the place of danger and were safe.
Subsequently to this, I took a twenty minute online training course aimed to help people be more confident in having conversations with people who might be contemplating suicide.
I guess this has meant that I was now more tuned in to watching for the signs of people who might have, or be, contemplating suicide, and have ended up having conversations with two guys in Men’s Sheds who had been contemplating taking their own lives.
Whilst I am in no way an expert, what I have learnt is not to be frightened to raise the topic of suicide and to directly ask the person you are talking with if they have been considering suicide.
This seems to be a great relief for them and I will always remember the nodding and tears rolling down the men’s faces; this I guess was a release of the pain and grief they had been holding. After listening to the guys’ stories I was able to direct them to professionals who could help them, such as their General Practitioner or the Samaritans.
I do recommend you take this twenty minutes online training course. It’s very well produced and contains lots of helpful advice.
If you you have been effected by reading this article do reaching out to professionals that can help you such as.
Your Local GP
Your local accident and emergency department