Last night I received a phone call from a friend seeking reassurance that she did the right thing.
She had received a message from a friend who threatened to potentially harm himself as a result of a job loss. Not knowing if he was serious or not, she took the initiative and called the police. The police went over to his residence for questioning and later took him to a safe place for evaluation. Because of her concern, he no longer wants contact/friendship with her.
After she told me what happened, she asked if she did the right thing. I informed her that she did. Had she not called the police and he would have inflicted self-harm, she’d carry the guilt for not doing her part to help him.
What’s worse: carrying the guilt around forever or losing a friendship?
I’m proud of her for doing the right thing. She potentially saved another persons life.
She sought me out because I have been on this journey even though I’ve never been in her shoes.
Please, if you’re contemplating completing suicide or self-harm reach out to a friend, relative, or trusted individual. If you’re the friend, relative, or trusted individual, do the right thing and trust your instincts. You too can help save a life.
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)