You may or may not want to talk about feeling suicidal, attempting suicide or being bereaved by suicide. It is common to feel unsure, worried and even distressed about what to say to others.
When you are ready, it is important to talk about what has happened with people you trust. This allows others to be there for you and provides a chance to work out where to go from here.
It is important to start thinking about what you (and those close to you) will say to others. It can be useful to have a clear agreement about what should be shared and with whom. By sharing some information about what has happened you might also find that this helps to reduce gossip and speculation.
Often a short message about what has happened and how you are now coping is enough for most people. Although it is rarely talked about, many people have been affected by depression. anxiety and suicide and being honest creates a range of opportunities for others to be more open and supportive.
Considerations for social media
If you are a regular user of social media sites like Facebook or Twitter think carefully about whether it is the right time and place to talk about what has happened, and how you are feeling. While it is good to talk to others and get support, everyone is different and you might want to think about the following things first:
- It is hard to know how other people reading the messages might react – they could become upset and worried about what has happened to you or it might bring up feelings for them that you may not know about.
- It might start with other people talking about what has happened to you before you are ready to tell them.
- It can be harder to get private support that you may need on a public forum.