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You can help someone feeling suicidal

It is distressing to realise that someone close to you may be considering taking their own life. It is often difficult to know what to say or what to do. People need to know that it is OK to Talk.

Below are some suggestions of how you might support someone you know who may be at risk:

  • Stay calm and ask the person if they are thinking of suicide. People are often fearful that asking may introduce the thought to the person. This is a myth.
  • Spend time with the person, encourage them to talk about how they are feeling and to get further professional advice;
  • Don’t agree to keep it a secret. The person’s safety is your main concern. You may need to talk to someone else to make sure that the person is safe.

Remember, most people who consider taking their own life get through the crisis.

What to do if someone has attempted suicide

  • Get medical help immediately – call 000.
  • Encourage the person to receive ongoing support – People who have attempted suicide have a much higher risk of attempting suicide again in the days, weeks and months following.
  • Be aware of your own reactions – supporting someone at risk of suicide is stressful. Take care of yourself by taking time out to relax and do things you enjoy.