You know how to handle yourself when you melt down in public–but helping someone else out is even trickier.
If it’s a pal or someone you’re close to, asking if they’re okay and need help is fine, and they may welcome it. But they may also want to be by themselves, and you can’t take that personally. In that case? Walk. Away.
Similarly, if it’s an acquaintance or stranger, your best bet is to treat them the way you’d want to be treated in the same situation–and nine times out of 10, you’d just want to be left alone. Like you, anyone else crying in public probably feels not only terrible, but self-conscious that the world is watching them, so leaving them be will probably be of more comfort than anything else will.
The one exception: If you think someone is in actual danger and needs help, then by all means, call appropriate authorities for the situation. Don’t be a dummy. Get help.
Have you ever cried in public? Have you ever helped someone else having a breakdown in public? How do you keep from crying in public? Tell us in the comments!