Recognizing that someone may be contemplating suicide is the first step to getting the help they need. If you know someone whom you think may be contemplating suicide, show that you care:
- Listen to them with sincere concern for their feelings. Do not offer advice, but let them know that they are not alone.
- Share your feelings with them. If you feel that they may make a reckless decision, tell them that you are concerned. They need to know that they are important to you and that you care.
- Inquire if they have had suicidal thoughts or if they have made a suicide plan in a straightforward and caring manner. If you feel you cannot ask the question, find someone who can.
- Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.