If a friend or loved one is considering suicide ...

  • Be direct and talk openly with them.
  • Listen and allow them to express their feelings.
  • Get involved and make yourself available to them.
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available.
  • Take action to remove lethal means.
  • Encourage them to seek help from a licensed professional.

If a friend or loved one is considering suicide, DON'T ...

  • Be judgmental, debate them or lecture them.
  • Dare them to do it.
  • Act shocked - this will put distance between you.
  • Allow them to swear you to secrecy.

Don't wait until you're in crisis to reach out.

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