Nothing scares more than suicidal thoughts. Oh not mine, thoughts of some one close to me. When I asked a friend of mine how was their day and I get a stream of ugly words and a picture of pills in a pile they made a shockwave of fear ripped through me.
Right after that I immediately went into fight mode. All thoughts and options opened up and my next actions were planned out. My friend stopped responding to my texts. Refused to answer any IM calls. Since they only used a phone, it could be they got a call or chatting with some one else as well.
I texted that if I didn’t get a response with 5 minutes, I would make serious calls. Meaning emergency numbers.
5 minutes went by. Fine. Call my local emergency number and gave them the deal. As I know name, number and address of my friend, connecting through official channels can be done when the person isn’t local.
As I was giving the final details, my friend responded. They would accept a voice call. It was and awkward moment when I had both on the phone at once(one on Skype, the other on my mobile). I told my emergency contact that I believe we can wait before going any further. The emergency person was ok with this.
I then proceeded to talk with my friend for the next 2.5hrs. Even got a laugh out of them. Had them promise me they were ok as. I had something else to do and I felt confident enough that the immediate danger had passed.
I’m sure there is still work to be done with my friend but I do hope they know just how much I’m here for them.