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Reasons You Might Not Notice Your Friend Is Thinking About Suicide

“I put on a mask whenever I’m around people and it’s exhausting. Secretly I’m screaming in my head.”

“I smile all the time. I probably look like one of the happiest people out there. I’d rather have them think that than worry about me.”

“I have a loving husband and two beautiful children. I only post on social media about them. I don’t talk about what’s going on with me.”

“I am naturally solitary. No one notices when things are wrong if they are used to not seeing or hearing from you for weeks on end.”

If you are concerned about a friend, here are some things you can do:

Ask them if they’re struggling – and don’t be afraid to be direct.

Be present and ready to listen if they need to open up.

Validate their feelings and remind them they’re important.

Ask how you can help them, and refer them to resources.

Don’t forget: If you’re a concerned loved one, you can call the hotline too.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800)-273-8255.

Crisis Text Line – Text “HOME” to 741-741.

Originally published: July 28, 2017
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