As someone who openly struggles with depression, I'm frequently confronted by the parents, siblings, and friends of individuals who are having suicidal thoughts and feelings.
"What can we do?" they ask. "How can we help them?"
In an article published on FamilyShare.com, I wrote my answer to those questions:
Empathy. Reaching out and loving those who are in pain -- suffering alongside those who suffer -- that's what matters. That is the most helpful thing that anyone can do for another person.
Not long ago, my brother and I were interviewed for a video on suicide prevention. The video shares the story of my suicide attempt, and tells how my brother's love and support helped bring me back. The response to this video has been remarkable and overwhelming.
If you know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, I hope that this video will help you as you reach out to them.
Have a story about depression that you'd like to share? Email email@example.com, or give us a call at (860) 348-3376, and you can record your story in your own words. Please be sure to include your name and phone number.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.