On Wednesday, Karin sat down with Tricia Vowels of Community Health Services and Taia Jones-Castillo, a QPR Instructor, to talk about what you should say, and what you should not say, to someone contemplating suicide.
Many people say the wrong things, even when they're trying to help. Here are some examples:
"Get over it"
"Pull yourself together"
"Just put a smile on your face"
"You don't seem that bad to me"
Play close attention
Give hope for recovery
Loss, financial or relationship
Fear of being burdensome to others
Diagnosis of serious illness or chronic pain
If you need help, or if you know a person who is considering suicide, here are some numbers you can call:
QPR - (806) 392-1886
Contact Lubbock - (806) 765-8393
National Suicide Hotline - 1-800-SUICIDE
For a list of local resources, you can consult the Suicide Prevention Resource Guide for the South Plains.
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