Helping a Suicidal Person?

If you suspect someone is suicidal, the following are some steps you can take:

  • Ask him or her directly about suicide.
  • Ask if they have a plan.
  • If the person is in crisis and at immediate danger, assist them in getting help from emergency services.
    Call 911.
  • Encourage the person to talk openly about their feelings. Don’t judge.
  • Do not promise to keep their thoughts a secret. Listen and be supportive.
  • Trust your instincts and reach out to someone you think might be suicidal.