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Exhausted hopelessness

In some cases, the suicidal process has worn down both the suicidal person and close friends and family.

There can be a shared experience of hopelessness.

It may be hard for everyone to see a way to go on, or know where help could possibly come from.

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Suicidal person point of view

“He said to me: ‘I’ve lost everything and I’m going to have to start all over again. I’ve got to start from the beginning again and I can’t do it.’”

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Suicidal person point of view

“He said to me: ‘I’ve lost everything and I’m going to have to start all over again. I’ve got to start from the beginning again and I can’t do it.’”

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Family/friend point of view

“I was trying to think of something I could say which would make it less awful. But the awful thing was I couldn’t actually think of anything, there was nothing convincing that I could think of. I mean, there was a stage 10 years ago when I could say perfectly honestly, son, I’m sure it will get better, you need to hang in there and things will improve. And I believed that. But latterly I actually thought, no, it doesn’t get better, because even if it gets better for a little while, it goes down again. And so I found it really hard not to let that show, I’m sure.”