Warning Signs of Suicide
- Previous suicide attempt
- Giving away prized possessions
- Talking about suicide
- Preoccupation with death
- Increased alcohol and/or drug use
- Talking about hopelessness
- Withdrawl from family and friends
- Loss of interest in hobbies, work or school
- Self-destructive behaviour
- Recent losses, death, suicide of loved one
- breakup of a relationship, job loss, sports
Steps for Helping a Suicidal Person
Show you care
Let the person know you really care. Talk about your feelings and ask about his or her feelings. Listen carefully to what they have to say.
- I'm concerned about you...about how you feel
- Tell me about your pain
- You mean a lot to me and I want to help
- I care about you and I want to help
- I don't want you to die
- I am on your side... we will get through this
Ask the Questions
Dont hesitate to raise the subject of suicide. Talking with people about suicide won't put the idea in their heads. Chances are, if you've observed any of the warning signs, they are already thinking about it. Be direct in a caring, non-confrontational way. Get the conversation started by asking.
- Are you thinking about suicide?
- What thoughts or plans do you have?
- Are you thinking about harming yourself?
- Have you thought about how you would do it?