1.  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."

  2. Ask about suicide

    • 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?

  3. Get help - Hotlines: