Concerned Family & Friends

Hi there

We understand that you've found your way to our site because you are concerned about the health and well being of a member of your family or a friend.

In our site you will find a lot of helpful information. The important key is to take your concerns seriously and to follow your gut instinct. One of the first things is to ensure that the person is not left alone, at all. If you are really very concerned that there is a real risk of the person harming him/ herself and/ or anyone else then it is better to call the emergency services immediately and don't delay.

Find out more on the essential steps to follow when you are concerned about a friend or a loved one here.

We are here for you, to listen and to lend support. Reach out to us on our Online Lifeline.

Take care - and thank YOU for caring.

Your friends at Your Life Counts

Here are some more things you can do right now:

  • Read this article which is geared to helping someone cope with suicidal thoughts.  Let your loved one/ friend read this now.
  • Your loved one/ friend  can reach out to us via the YLC Online Lifeline
  • Your loved one/ friend can call a crisis line – here’s a directory
  • If your child/someone you know is a victim of sexting/online bullying here's a dedicated website with immediate action steps for you to take.
  • Ask your loved one/ friend to make a Promise To Live - also ask the rest of your family to make this promise.
  • Visit our Knowledge Bank and find out more about particular problems we can all face in our day to day life.
  • Ask your loved one/ friend to read some personal stories to encourage you to keep going
  • Share your story to encourage others to keep going
  • Read our Newsblog for more life affirming news and views
  • Consider ways of getting involved in our work to help others stay alive – many of us find that helping others, helps and encourages us as individuals
  • Keep going and don't give up!
  • Thank you for caring!
Title photo courtesy of Nick Kozak