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.