Don’t be afraid to ask someone directly if they are thinking about taking their own life. Research has emphasised that asking the question and listening with compassion is helpful. It does not imply encouragement.
Six steps to supporting someone to safety
- Do they have a safety plan?
- Do they have access to medication, firearms? Sit with them if possible.
- Let them know there is hope, they are not alone. There are lots of people and support services out there that will help them to get through this.
- Help them to consider what’s good in their life – the people and things in their life that are meaningful to them.
- Encourage them to talk about their passions or what makes them happy. Chatting about their favourite music or film, hobbies and interests may help change their mindset.
- Above all – Listen!
Free online suicide prevention training - Developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance to help people identify when someone is showing suicidal thoughts or behaviours, talk confidently and signpost the individual to services or support.