Here’s how you can start the conversation…

Know the warning signs and learn to recognize “invitations”.  What to look and listen for, what to say.

Someone uses an invitation like:

  • “It doesn’t matter anymore because I won’t be here anyway.”

You respond:

  • “What do you mean you won’t be here?  Are you thinking of suicide?”
  • “Sometimes when people feel as you do they consider suicide, is that something you’re thinking of as well?”

Then, show someone you care:

  • Express genuine concern for their welfare and share your hope that things will improve with help.

Take IMMEDIATE ACTION if someone is:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person

Bring the individual to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.  Do not leave the individual alone.

If you or someone you know exhibits any of the signs, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional at 2-1-1 or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.


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