When someone comes to you for help about suicide don’t panic because you CAN help.
What to Do:
- Listen — be supportive and non-judgmental
- Take it seriously
- Get help — Tell a responsible adult or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Show you care
- Find out if they have a plan
Things you should NOT do:
- Don’t promise to keep it a secret
- Don’t ignore it
- Don’t act shocked
- Don’t say "Just snap out of it."
- Don’t pretend you have all the answers
- Don’t dare the person to do it
What if I am the one who needs help?
- If you are having problems and thinking of hurting yourself, tell someone.
- If you feel you can’t talk to your parents, find someone else such as a relative, friend, teacher, school nurse, guidance counselor, or a friend’s parents.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and they will help you.
- Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed. Many teens and adults have problems that they can’t solve by themselves.
- Finding the courage to ask for help is the first step toward solving problems.