What to do when someone is at risk
Have an honest conversation
Assume you're the only one who will reach out
If You’re Concerned About Someone
Talk in Private
Listen to their story, and let them know you care. Ask directly about suicide, calmly and without judgement. Show understanding and take their concerns seriously. Let them know their life matters to you. That one conversation could save a life.
If a Person Says They Are Thinking About Suicide
Take the Person Seriously
Someone considering suicide is experiencing a life-threatening health crisis and may not believe they can be helped. Work with them to keep them safely away from lethal means like firearms and drugs and remind them that their suffering is temporary.
Stay with them and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Be sure to follow up with them after the crisis to see how they’re doing.
If You’re Struggling
Don’t Wait for Someone to Reach Out
Seek mental health treatment, or tell your clinician about your suicidal thinking.
Treat yourself like you would treat someone else who needs your help.
If a person says they are considering suicide
What parents should know about suicide
As a parent, you can approach suicide prevention as you do other safety or health issues for your children. By educating yourself, you'll learn what puts kids at risk for suicide and what protects them.
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