When someone you know is expressing intent to commit suicide -
If this is an IMMEDIATE threat call 9-1-1.
If the person does not appear to be in immediate crisis there are a few things that can help until the feeling passes:
- LISTEN nonjudgmentally - There are factors and feelings that you may not be fully understanding of. Each person's experience is uniquely their own and that is OKAY! The important thing is that you accept what they are saying and acknowledge it. Be PATIENT and RESPECTFUL.
- GIVE assurance and information - Reassurance is paramount in providing hope. This is critical in those expressing suicidal thoughts as they often feel there is no hope. Remind then that in time and with help this moment/feeling/situation will pass and that things will get better.
- ENCOURAGE appropriate Professional Help - if there is an immediate concern always call 911. If there is not an immediate concern encourage them to reach out for professional help. They are not alone and there are many resources and communities to help.
- ENCOURAGE appropriate Self Help and other Support Strategies - there are many ways to help people feel more connected again. Getting back their purpose is key. Finding support groups, staying connected, helping others, offering support to those in a similar situation are all ways to help give people their purpose back.