You don’t need to be a trained professional to help someone you think is suffering. You just need to be able to listen and be there for them.
Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts and they are unique to them. Some people’s thoughts come and go whilst others might experience for longer periods of time. The best thing to do is to ask them directly how they are feeling and give them the opportunity to share where their mind is at. It can be difficult to know how to help but by just listening and being there for them will make a huge difference.
What to look out for? Look after your MATES.
Here are a few other things to look out for if you are worried about someone:
Often it is those people who that don’t give any warning signs that need the most help. They might not have a history of mental illness but be aware if a fellow Household Cavalry member has had a recent family argument, relationship breakdown, a bereavement or has incurred debt or financial worries.
If you are worried about someone, stay with them in person or over the phone. Encourage them to do the following or contact on their behalf