Persons at risk for suicide usually show one or more warning signs. However, it may be possible that there will be no warning signs at all. Below are common warning signs to look for.
Asking someone if they are thinking about suicide will not give them the idea. If you think a friend is suicidal, do something. Reaching out can save a life.
Be there; keep a close watch on them; ask them how they feel; support your friend and try to give them hope; be accepting—do not judge.
Stay calm and listen; take what they say seriously; let them know that there is help available; let them talk about their feelings.
Watch for warning signs; be direct and ask them if they are considering suicide; talk about feelings honestly; ask if they have a plan and the means to carry it out; stay with the person until they are safe.
Do not deal with this on your own.
You need to get help for the suicidal person and for yourself. Get help from a parent or trusted adult, family, friends, doctors, and community support services. Do not promise to keep this a secret and do not try to solve their problems for them.
If you find yourself in need of immediate help, call Emergency Services – 911
These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help: