Someone needs help right now

On behalf of your friend or family member, thank you.  It’s great to have someone who cares enough to look for help. If this is an emergency, find out their location in as much detail as possible and call 9-1-1 (in the U.S.; here’s a list for other countries). Know what to expect to make the call go as smoothly as possible. It’s okay to be scared – it’s normal.  Even after almost two decades in suicide prevention, it…

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Are they thinking about suicide?

Thank you for picking up on the clues that something may be wrong.  Many times people just dismiss that feeling.  Your attention may help prevent a crisis from escalating. If you sense that something may be wrong.  Ask.  Are you thinking about suicide? or Are you thinking about killing yourself?  Research shows that asking such questions does not make people more suicidal.  It does put talking about suicide right out on the table, so always be prepared…

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A letter for you

If YOU are in crisis right now, please read this letter If I was in your position I would find it hard to believe that somebody I didn’t know would want to talk to me.  Yet, I really do. I wish I knew your name so that I could make this more personal.  I wish I could be there with you right now so that you could see the sincerity in my tear-filled eyes as…

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Suicide – not so fast.

If you would like to read what others have to say about some things to think about when you’re in a suicidal crisis, check out Suicide: Read This First. There’s no reason to do something drastic right away.  Why not take a few moments to listen to some other perspectives?  Some people have lived through a suicidal crisis and decided to share their stories with you. The wonderful sites Talking About Suicide, Live Through This, and…

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