How to help individuals that are suicidal

If you believe someone is thinking about ending their life, it’s natural to feel panic or even want to avoid thinking about it. However, there are a number of practical things you can do to help.

Let thеm knоw уоu аrе concerned
Tеll thеm thаt уоu аrе concerned, and that you аrе thеrе tо hеlр
Aѕk if they are thinking about ѕuiсidе and if thеу hаvе mаdе аnу рlаnѕ
Talking about ѕuiсidе will nоt mаkе thеm take асtiоn
Aѕking shows thаt уоu саrе аnd allows them tо tаlk аbоut thеir fееlingѕ аnd plans – the firѕt ѕtер tо gеtting hеlр.

Take action to get help now
Tell them that there are other options than suicide
Don’t agree to keep their suicidal thoughts or plans a secret
Don’t assume they will get better without help or that they will seek help on their own
Encourage them to get professional help
Make an appointment with a GP and offer for someone to go along with them
Contact a counsellor or employee assistance program, family member or friend

Contact a specialist helpline for information and advice — they’re listed below
If they have made a plan to end their life
Check if they are able to carry out this plan. Do they have a time, place or method?
Remove access to objects they could use to hurt themselves

Contact the psychiatric emergency team at your local hospital
Call 000. Tell them the person is suicidal, has made a plan, and you fear for their safety

Take care of yourself
It is emotionally demanding to support someone who is suicidal. Find someone to talk things over with, like your family, friends or a helpline.

Factors associated with higher risk of suicide
These include:

Talking about feeling hopeless and helpless
Being socially isolated
Having a recent loss — relationship, death, job
Having made a previous suicide attempt
Having a friend, family member or work colleague who has died by suicide
Having a mental illness
Behaving in a risky manner – drugs, alcohol abuse, driving recklessly

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