I would sit down with them, try to talk them out of it, and suggest some professional counselor, whether it be with a Minister, trusted teacher, etc.
First I would take the person seriously, and recommend she talks to her doctor ASAP. I would also listen.
First i would talk them down.
Then i would TAKE them for professional help
He wasn't panicked. Matter-of-fact. It was I who was bordering on panic. Can't you see it?
Just curious: where you live...where would you take someone for professional help...
I live 50 minutes from the hospital
As I said in my headline: they are an acquaintance...not a close friend. Does that help?
Yes...so in this case...I like this person..but not so much so...I can certainly walk away....you know? I'm not devastated but feel as if sort of an obligation?
Oh I would talk to them & watch for warning signs. I would also recommend they seek help.
When I was feeling suicidal in 2013 I didn't broadcast it to the world. I didn't want people to know how I felt & what I was planning. I had one smart friend that caught on somehow & he is the reason I am here today.
Last year when I felt that way I didn't broadcast it either.
I would intervene immediately while figuring out who to call that would be best to take over as soon as possible, (Because they might be a lot more qualified than me) Could be a relative, hospital or perhaps even law enforcement.
I'd stop whatever I was doing and start listening to them (and hope that they weren't serious).
If they are serious then I'd keep listening and let them vent their frustrations to me... or try to nicely get them to talk, because they are probably bottling up all kinds of emotions
And respond to them in the best way I could to give them hope.