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Help Someone Else

 

If you are concerned about a friend who may be in emotional crisis or thinking of suicide, don't hesitate to reach out. There are a number of steps you can take to help ensure their safety. 

 

If you see warning signs of suicide, begin a dialogue by asking questions. Suicidal thoughts are common with some mental illnesses and your willingness to talk about it in a non-judgmental, non-confrontational way can be the help a person needs to seek professional help. Questions okay to ask:


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“Do you ever feel so bad that you think about suicide?”
           >“Do you have a plan to kill yourself or take your life?”
           >“Have you thought about when you would do it?”
           >“Have you thought about what method you would use?”


Asking these questions will help you to determine if your friend or family member is in immediate danger, and get help if needed. A suicidal person should see a doctor or mental health professional immediately. Calling 911 or going to a hospital emergency room are also good options to prevent a tragic suicide attempt or death. Calling the 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is also a resource for you or the person you care about. Remember, always take thoughts of or plans for suicide seriously.

 


Visit https://save.org/find-help/im-concerned-about-someone-else/ for more information.