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Re: HELP MY FRIEND IS CUTTING HERSELF

Re: HELP MY FRIEND IS CUTTING HERSELF

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Posted by Kathrin on December 14, 2000 at 23:58:38:

In Reply to: HELP MY FRIEND IS CUTTING HERSELF posted by Rachel Juzapavicus on December 12, 2000 at 16:30:06:

YES she needs help.
I am especially worried because of the purposeful overdoes which indicates that your friend might be suicidal. It is always best to be open about it. The general advice is to ask her directly if she has had thoughts of killing herself. Usually it is a great relief for the person to talk about it.
It is sad that her parents don't understand.
If you find that she is indeed suicidal you have to make sure she gets help immediately. If she is acutely suicidal she should even go to the hospital. You should NOT be silkent about this, even if you are afraid she might be mad at you.Better than killing herself right?
I think you are a wonderful friend to try and get help for her. You can also yourself call a suicide line (better yet make her call). Are you in the US? There is for example 1-800-SUICIDE. I called there once myself because I was worried about a friend. They have good advice.
Also refer her to the webpage http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/
Oh there is also http://www.1000deaths.com, but this is more about family of suicides.

If you are ever acutely afraid that your friend might kill herself, you can always call 911 (emergency). remember that if she is depressed her thinking can be very distorted and she might act out of feelings that are caused by depression (like hopelessness etc).

Oh you know what ehre's a good tip for you, there is a site of the "National Depressive and Manic depressive Organisation", where you can click on the link "suicide". Among other things there are tips on how to deal with suicidal persons.
It is http://www.ndmda.org

She did not take the overdose today tdid she? otherwise i would say get her to the hospital right now to be safe!

I really don't want to scare you, but suicide attampts should always be taken seriously. Bottom line is, your friend needs help, and you should NOT be silent about it. if she doesn't want help herself you have to talk to a responsible adult, maybe if you talk to her parents?
Kathrin


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