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My wife tried to commit suicide and I don’t know how to help her through this

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DEAR DEIDRE: NOTHING prepared me for returning home from work to find my wife out cold on the sofa with pills and booze next to her.

She had tried to kill herself and would have been successful if I had been any later.

My wife tried to commit suicide and I don’t know how to help her through her struggles

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I called the emergency services and an ambulance arrived in time to save her.

I knew she was down but never expected to find her like that.

I am 41 and she is 39. We have a nine-year-old son, who was at a friend’s house for a sleepover that night.

She is furious with me and is blaming me for her mental state and for ruining her plan.

When I ask for specifics she says she doesn’t know exactly what is wrong.

How do I help her and make sure this doesn’t happen again?

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DEIDRE SAYS: Please encourage your wife to visit her GP for treatment and support.

The best thing you can do is listen to your wife when she is ready to talk, and be patient so she feels she is being heard.

And tell her how much you love her and how important she is to you.

You can both find help through CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably, which supports men and women who are in a crisis (thecalmzone.net, 0800 58 58 58)

In time it would also benefit you both to talk to an independent relation­ship counsellor. Contact relate.org.uk.

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