PAY ATTENTION: are you part of the problem or part of the solution ?









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  1. Amen … and, most importantly, listen to them without judgement. Don’t shame them for feeling suicidal. Don’t dare them to do it. Don’t tell them they have so much to live for. Don’t tell them they’re going to hell if they do this. Don’t tell them they need to change their way of thinking. Let them talk to you while you listen to them without judgement. And take what they say seriously.

    Tell the person you’re concerned about him/her.

    Don’t be afraid to ask whether the person is considering suicide and whether they have a particular plan in mind. These questions will not push the person toward suicide if they weren’t considering it.

    Ask if the person is seeing a doctor or taking medication. If so, encourage them to contact the treating physician immediately. Offer to go to the appointment with the person. If not, help them find a mental health professional and make an appointment or take them to a walk-in clinic at a psychiatric hospital or a hospital emergency room.

    Don’t argue someone out of suicide. Let the person know that you care, that they are not alone, and that they can get help. Don’t say things like “You have so much to live for” or “If you kill yourself, it will hurt your family.”

    Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    Do not leave the person alone.

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