How to Help a Friend
Here are some ways to be helpful to someone who is threatening suicide:
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that help is available.
- Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
- Get help immediately.
If a family member or friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. Get involved.
Do not leave them alone.
If you need to talk about how to help someone in crisis or need to talk yourself, day or night 24/7, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ There is also an anonymous chat option available on the website.
Crisis Text Line - Text START to 741-741 - if you or someone you know doesn't want to talk, but would rather text, this is the place to start. It is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. http://www.crisistextline.org/
If you feel that you, your friend or family member is in immediate physical danger and they have been having suicidal thoughts, call 911 or WSU police at 978-3450.