My friend just told me something really personal about how he almost tried to kill himself one time a while ago. Now I feel weird around him. I feel like things can’t be the same way because I’m worried that if I say something that he could be offended by, it can trigger him to want to do it again. I don’t want to feel like I have to walk around eggshells around him worried that what I can say to him will effect his actions. What should I do?
You’re probably one of the few souls to know what he told you on this planet. I’d say thats a cool fact to honor. As far as, “walk on eggshells around him”, just be mindful of what you say. How simple, right? You have no control over his actions. If he does kill himself one day, that is his own doing, nothing to do with you unless you purposefully provoke it, which does not seem like something you want to do.
It wouldn’t. He claims he’s better and that he did counseling but that doesn’t convince me. If you can try once, you can try again so I don’t want to be fragile with my words in fear of what he’ll do. I know his actions are all on him but I do not want to be a trigger.
treat him like a human, or maybe confront him about the egg-shell ordeal. hugs, bro, tell him you love him all bullshit aside. we dont remember many things in manic-depressive-suicidal modes, but we do remember the ones that people make us remember.