BeyondBlue research has found that most people who feel suicidal don’t tell others but often show signs through changes in their behaviour.
To help family members, workmates and friends who may be contemplating suicide, we should be able to identify and respond to the warning signs.
There are simple steps and questions we can ask people if we suspect they may be at risk, and as CEO Georgie Harman explains, you don’t need to be an expert. He says we can all do and say things that can reduce suicide including asking a person how they feel if we notice a change in behaviour, listening without judgement to them and showing them support. We can also suggest they seek help from a GP or mental health professional.
Research also showed that people who thought about suicide said the most important thing to them was having someone to listen to them and show them care and support, not necessarily a professional but anyone. Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/new-beyondblue-research-tackles-signs-suicide/#.Wr9CcJclE1k