How to Help
And they might not want to talk. Again, there's no perfect way to handle this. There is no guaranteed protocol. Your best bet is simply awareness and persistence, and though that sounds a bit like going to a fight without any weapons, it can save a life. It did save mine, twice.
I have to interject here and thank the amazing people in my life for what they've done over the past few months. I would not be alive without their support and the reason I continue to stumble around every day trying to find some kind of footing in life is because of them. Things are not perfect with my mental health--far from it, but suicide has been removed from my mind as an option because of those loving hearts who want to keep me around. You can be that for someone.
The following photos were all taken after my experiences, which were so, so recent. To think of never having these moments seems strange now. I consider them trophies, successes.