“I want to kill myself,” your friend comes to you and says one day.
Your eyes widen slightly, at that very moment, you’re not sure how to respond. Should I take this seriously? Why is he suddenly bringing this up? He’s usually quite funny and outgoing. This is quite drastic behaviour – maybe he’s just feeling emotional. On the side, you also wonder — what could this person possibly be going through that would lead him to consider suicide? He’s been living such a good life — a caring family, a well-paying job, and the high regard of those around him.
You did not have much time to think about a response, though, given that it was a live conversation.
“Hey, are you serious? Come on, it’s not that bad,” or
“Hahaha me too 😛 ” or
“Um… Cheer up! You actually have many things that others don’t; think about everyone else who has it worse.”
Looking back, while you realised that those were probably not the best responses, you remember the discomfort you felt with that statement, and wonder what you could have said to help your friend better.