One of the ways in which you can help suicidal patients is by forming a support network for them. A person who has solid social support is unlikely to have suicidal ideation. And even if he does get suicidal ideation, he is unlikely to even consider acting on the suicidal motivations. The very idea of failing the people in his social support network is likely to keep him away from such thoughts.

In fact, interrogating many of the patients who have suicidal ideations reveals that what they mainly lack is social support. Due to lack of social support, the problems they encounter in life appear overwhelming. And that is why they start thinking of suicide as a possible way out. Yet in many cases, the problems may be ones that are fairly commonplace, and that can be quite easily resolved. Take, for instance, someone who was previously working for a department like the US Postal Service. Then, one day, he goes to the liteblue usps employees login page, only to discover that his account is blocked, and he can’t access it. Further enquiries, through the USPS workers portal at liteblue.USPS.gov reveals that he has actually been rendered redundant at work. Yet he had tons of loans and other unpaid bills. In the absence of social support, the said person can start viewing suicidal as a possible way out of the predicament. But with good social support, he may get to see other possible solutions – and realize that the loss of a job isn’t the end of life.

Yet forming support networks for suicidal patients isn’t as easy as it sounds. Suicide is  a sensitive subject, and (just) getting people to talk about it is not easy. Furthermore, the suicidal patients may not be very keen on letting it be known that they have been having suicidal thoughts.

The best thing then is to breach the topic of getting the suicidal patient to join a support network – then watch his reaction. If he seems to resent the idea, don’t push it. Just let the patient see the advantages he stands to get, by joining a support network.

You can also endeavor to get the patient to view joining a support network as part of his treatment plan. If he views it in this light, he is more likely to be enthusiastic about it.