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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.

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