Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I Feel All Alone Part 1

Here are several ways to develop a caring relationship with a friend with suicidal thoughts and to help them feel less alone:

1. Be concerned for your friend
Demonstrate your interest and concern for your friend. Show your concern by going to a youth leader or other trusted adult for input on how to help. If you know that your friend is hurting, allow your heart to be moved with concern to the point that you act.

2. Be available to your friend
For most hurting people, love is spelled T-I-M-E. Look for opportunities to spend time with your friend in order to build your relationship and engage him or her in conversation.

3. Keep in touch with your friend
An occasional phone call just to say hello and to ask how your friend is doing shows that you care, even when you are not doing something together.

4. Pray for your friend
Ask God to show you ways to build your relationship and meet some of your friend's needs for love and acceptance.

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