Talking directly about suicide will never cause someone to do it.
The most important thing you can do for a friend you’re worried
about is to ask them whether they’re feeling suicidal or not.
To do this most effectively you need to:
- Talk privately
- Allow plenty of time
- Stay calm
- Allow them to talk freely without judging or minimizing them
- Be persistent
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy — friends don’t keep deadly secrets!
If you think someone might be suicidal, check out the “What
to Say and Do” page or call CrisisLink 703-527-4077 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Help is available