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
24/7/365!