If you think someone may be suicidal, don’t be afraid to ask. Mentioning suicide will not give someone the idea or push them over the edge. Simply ask them, “Are you suicidal” or “Are you thinking about killing yourself.” This allows them to open up to you and talking about it can prevent it from happening.
A SUICIDAL PERSON CAN GET BETTER. As a friend, look out for warning signs such as these:
Take threats seriously. The person is asking for your attention. Get help, both for you and the suicidal person. People who want to die are often in so much emotional pain they can not see any other solution to their problems. You probably can not solve these problems. However, you can recognize the warning signs – which is the first step in helping. Then get some help from an adult or tell them to call a hotline, such as (713) 529-TEEN or 1-800-SUICIDE
- Talking about committing suicide
- A fascination with death
- Giving away their prized possessions
- Mood swings and change in behavior
- Drastic or marked changes in appearance