Yesterday I was having a conversation over facebook messenger while I was on the train on the way to work with someone I know. They are not someone I know well but over the course of the day I came to realise that they don’t seem to have any/many close friends at all.
As I got to work the conversation started to take a dark turn. He was drinking heavily before 8am and very upset over an incident with his wife. Shortly after 8 the message that really rang alarm bells came through. “Part of the journey is the end.” From there it spiralled to very clear suicidal talk. I have absolutely no experience with this so I ran out of the office and up the road to the police station. They took screen shots of the conversation and all the information I had. They found his address, which I didn’t have, and got people to go and check on him.
Thankfully within half an hour he was safely in an ambulance having done nothing more serious than drink a lot of alcohol. They kept him in overnight for psychological assessment and he was home again this afternoon. He sent me a message thanking me. I don’t think I did anything more than most people I know would do and I couldn’t have lived with myself if I hadn’t done something. Who knows if it is a real attempt on his own life or just a cry for help?
Please look after yourselves and those around you. It was a very rough way to start the day, for both of us.