17 Texts to Send Someone Who Lost Their Loved One to Suicide


It can be hard to know what to say after someone you love loses someone to suicide. No words can really make it better… but saying something is often better than saying nothing at all. That’s why we asked people in our mental health community who’ve lost someone to suicide to share with us one thing they needed to hear from friends and family after their loss.

Of course, everyone will need something different — and one text is just the beginning — but people who’ve lost someone to suicide need our support, and we can’t let the stigma of suicide stop us from reaching out to them.

Here’s what suicide loss survivors told us: 

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What would you add?

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.


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