TIPS FOR HELPING SOMEONE WHO IS SUICIDAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

One of the first hurdles to cross in establishing a process for suicidal community members is one of identification of risk. How do you know if someone may be in a suicidal crisis? Examples of a community post from someone who may be at risk may include but not limited to the following statements:

✓ Hi, I really need some help, can someone please contact me.
✓ The pain is too much I can’t bare this anymore.
✓ Posting a weapon or means to self harm.
✓ Talking about suicidal thoughts and desire to die in most of their social media posts.

TIPS FOR KEEPING SOMEONE SAFE……

  1. Reach out to the person at risk first. Assure them you are available to provide emotional and psychological support during this period of distress. Once the person at risk responds, initiate a SAFE TALK ABOUT SUICIDE.
  2. If you know them in person make sure you physically visit the person at risk as soon as possible. Avoid calling or texting them when you can reach them in person because each minute wasted to call or text them is an opportunity to serve a life.
  3. If you don’t know them in person, make sure your first comment on their post is asking someone who knows the person at risk to physically reach out to the person as soon as possible.
  4. While you are with them ask them the following questions: Remember to probe as much as possible so that you get as much details as possible but remain calm and empathetic when asking:
  • For how long have you been struggling with suicidal thoughts? If you discover that the person has already ingested any poison rush them to the hospital immediately.
  • Do you have a plan in place on how you can kill yourself? Ask them for weapons they intend to use to self harm, tell the person to surrender the weapons, keep the weapons away from the client and look around for alternative weapons they can reach out to self harm and put them away too.
  • Encourage them to seek professional support as soon as possible, connect them to resources. Consider cost implications when connecting people to seek professional support so that cost is not a barrier for seeking help and eventually delay support during periods of distress.
  1. Provide SAFETY/SUICIDE WATCH, once you are with the person at risk, make sure you don’t leave them alone at all costs during this period of distress not until such a time when they are no longer a suicide risk. If SAFETY WATCH can’t be maximized at home, some individuals maybe hospitalized.

Note: The first thing we should all prioritize when helping someone who is suicidal is to make sure that they are SAFE.

✓ Don’t waste time calling or texting them when you have an opportunity to physically visit them.

✓ Visit them and follow the above suggested tips, REMEMBER SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE DEATH….

✓ Professional support should be involved only when the person at risk is under the care of someone and we are sure they haven’t ingested anything or attempted suicide. In most cases professional support comes at a cost and they should be followed to access professional services if they don’t provide Teletherapy services.

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Lifeline/Childline Zambia Toll Free Numbers.

  • Gender-based violence (Toll Free 933)
  • Crisis Helpline (Toll Free 116)

At Thrive Wellness Hub we have a Limited of 3 sessions discounted at K250 per session for clients who are suicidal.Check out our REACH OUT catalogue for more details.

Note: our REACH OUT package is not a Suicide Crisis Helpline, it’s a package designed to help individuals struggling with Suicidal thoughts have quick access to professional support and this service is available upon making an appointment with Thrive Wellness Hub.

Written for Thrive Wellness Hub Solutions by

Benjamin Samusiko

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