How You Can Help


  • ASK the person directly if he or she is having suicidal thoughts, has a plan to commit suicide, and if they have lethal means available.
  • Listen! It really helps to have someone to talk to.
  • Don't be judgmental.
  • If, in your judgment, the person may harm themselves do not leave them alone.
  • Try to get the person to seek professional help from a therapist, mental health center, or doctor.
  • If the person needs to talk they can call their friends/family, local crisis clinics, or find a counselor.
  • If the person feels like they may harm themselves have them get in contact with Designated Mental Health Professionals (contact your local crisis clinic) or go to the Emergency Room.
  • If the person will not seek help - YOU should take the initiative. Talk to family members, counselors, clergypersons, Crisis Clinics, County Designated Mental Health Professionals, etc...
  • If the person is attempting to commit suicide, or has already taken action (such as overdosing on pills) contact 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Know your community resources.

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