What Not to Say to an Attempter

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

What Not to Say to an Attempter

While there may be many things you want to say, yell, or scream; refrain. Save it for your own therapists office. The following are examples of things not to say to a person who has attempted suicide.

“Why did you do this to me?”
“Do you know how bad this hurts me?”
“What were you thinking?”
“Do you know how bad this is going to make me look?”
“How could you do this to me?”
“What is wrong with you?”
“I can’t do anything to help you.”
“You have so much good in your life.”
“Stop acting so crazy.”
“It is all in your head.”
“Why would you want to do this?”
“Just get over it.”
“When are you going to get better?”
“Shouldn’t you be better by now?”
“Snap out of it.”
“Pull yourself together.”
“We all have hard times.”
“You’ll be fine.”
“Look on the bright side.”
“Cowboy Up.”
“Cowgirl Up.”
“Pull yourself up by the bootstraps.”
“Everyone has hard times.”
“Your life is not that bad.”
“You have so much to live for.”


These are not helpful or constructive things to say.


Comments are closed.