INTERVENTION - THREE BASIC STEPS
Ask about suicide
Get help - Hotlines:
- Show you care
- Take ALL talk of suicide seriously
- If you are concerned that someone may take their life, trust your judgment!
- Listen carefully
- Reflect what you hear
- Use language appropriate for age of person involved
- Do not worry about doing or saying exactly the “right” thing. Your genuine interest is what is most important.
- Let the person know you really care. Talk about your feelings and ask about his or hers.
- "I'm concerned about you… about how you feel."
- "Tell me about your pain."
- "You mean a lot to me and I want to help."
- "I care about you, about how you're holding up."
- "I don't want you to kill yourself."
- "I'm on your side. We'll get through this."
- Be direct but non-confrontational
- Don't hesitate to raise the subject.
- Talking with people about suicide won't put the idea in their heads. Chances are, if you've observed any of the warning signs, they're already thinking about it. Be direct in a caring, non-confrontational way. Get the conversation started.
- Ask about treatment
- Do you have a therapist/doctor?
- Are you seeing him/her?
- Are you taking your medications?
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- In an acute crisis call 911