Paramedic Nat

A Blog About a Paramedic's Mental Health Journey


October 10, 2019

Ask About Suicide

People often ask me, what do they do if they suspect someone is thinking about suicide?

Answer: Ask.

Asking them if they are thinking about suicide will not make them do it. On the contrary. Asking them can do many of the following:

  • show them that you care;
  • provide relief that they now have someone to talk to about it; and
  • show them that they are not alone and that they have someone who will help them to get help;

IF they say yes, they are thinking about suicide but they don’t have a plan to follow through with it, and don’t want to do it, you don’t have to have the answers to all of their questions. Most often when this conversation comes up for the first time the person simply needs someone to listen and validate their feelings and help them to find the professional care they need.

IF they say yes, and have a plan and are going to follow through with it, you need to get them to the hospital safely. This may mean that you take them yourself or call 911 if necessary. They may not want to go, but this is a life or death situation and must be treated that way. If they get mad that you want them to go to the hospital, that’s ok. They are better mad than dead. Harsh? Maybe. True? Yes.

Talking about suicide may not be easy at first. But it’s often easier than you think. Be their safe person; ASK!

It’s Not Cool To Joke About People Who Battle With Mental Illness

It’s World Mental Health Day. So, as I was scrolling through FB I was sad to see this copy and paste post. It’s not “hilarious” to joke about the people you would know in “a mental hospital”. Listen, I know this wasn’t shared with the intention of causing someone who came across it pain…but it did. It hurt me, because, well, I was a person in ”a mental hospital”, many times in fact. 

If you would like to know what it was like to be a patient in the mental health department, just ask me. I am an open book and believe that only by sharing our experiences will the stigma and myths of mental illness decrease; and maybe one day, vanish.

I’m not mad about this post. Sad…but not mad. It has given me an opportunity to educate – so thank you.


Hilarious 😂😂. You have to do it without cheating…It is so weird how it comes up with the names…this is so funny!!
I’m in a mental hospital.
My roommate: 
Licks the glass: 
Helps you escape: 
My Psychiatrist: 
Asleep in a corner: 
Shouts at everyone: 
Padded room occupant: 
Eats the plants: 
Talks to themselves: 
Kicks the nurse: 
Believes they are unicorns: 
Sneaks in the alcohol: 
Make a copy-paste and delete the names…
Then type @ then the 1st letter of each sentence (no spaces) to see the name of one of your friends! (if one is already used, take the next one!!) dont cheat either!!!

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