The Dos and Don’ts of Helping Others

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NOTE: If you (or someone you know) are having suicidal thoughts and intend to harm yourself, call 911 immediately. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 for free, confidential services and support at 1-800-273-8255.

When you’re trying to help someone, especially someone you know and love, you might feel overwhelmed, hesitant, or confused about how to best help. It can be beneficial to consider what to do … and what not to do when trying to help.

As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, this article is a sample from our Keys for Living book on Suicide Prevention (more information on that below). While the immediate application of these principles is for helping someone struggling with suicidal thoughts, these principles can be used for helping anyone facing life challenges.

“Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.”
(Psalm 25:4 NLT)


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