Reach out for help

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Get Interactive -

I was shocked and sad­dened when I heard about the sud­den pass­ing of our much loved news pre­sen­ter Greg Boyed. ( WD, Septem­ber 3). De­pres­sion is a silent killer. A sui­ci­dal per­son may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. Sui­cide pre­ven­tion starts with recog­nis­ing the warn­ing signs and tak­ing them se­ri­ously. Talk­ing openly can save a life. Lis­ten, un­der­stand and sup­port. If you be­lieve a friend or fam­ily mem­ber is sui­ci­dal, you can point out their op­tions, show that you care and lots of oth­ers care too, and get a doc­tor or psy­chol­o­gist in­volved. Talk and lis­ten. Even say­ing things like, “You are not alone in this,” might change his/her mind. May Greg’s story bring aware­ness to those who are in the same boat.

Zylla, via email

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