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How to care for a carer
- Caring for someone who has attempted suicide involves both practical and emotional support.
- Offer to help in multiple ways — grocery shopping, running errands, driving the carer to appointments, calling to check in and so forth. You never know what is most useful to them.
- You don’t have to fix the problem. Just listening and empathising is helpful.
- Not every conversation you have with them has to focus on challenging topics — it’s okay to have a laugh if that's what they want.
- Ask how they’re coping with their other responsibilities. Carers may also be juggling work, study, family, relationships and other commitments. How’s the rest of their life going? Listen empathetically and offer support, but don’t insist. They’re in charge.