Thanks to Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and NPR.
How to Help Someone at Risk of Suicide
A recent survey found most Americans know suicide is preventable and would like to be able to help a person at risk. But it can be hard to know what to do when a loved one is struggling. Experts offer these tips: (1) watch for the warning signs of suicide; (2) if you notice someone is having a hard time, reach out and ask how they are doing; (3) ask directly if they are feeling suicidal; (4) ask follow-up questions to find out their level of risk; (5) if they are in crisis, stay with them and connect them with help (with their Primary Care Provider FIRST!); (6) listen and offer hope; (7) create a safety plan together (highly recommend “Just Because You’re Suicidal Doesn’t Make You Crazy” by Randi Jensen as the model for setting up a safety plan www.jsp3.org); (8) help them find a mental health professional (hopefully integrated with their Primary care Provider!); and (9) explore online supports. You do not need formal training to help someone, according to Doreen Marshall, a psychologist and vice president of programs at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention,” she said.
Learn more about helping someone at risk of suicide.