Be attentive and reach out to the person.
Take the person seriously and listen carefully. Remain objective and non-judgmental. Assure the person that something can be done. Never promise to keep it a secret. Their life is too important.
Be aware of the signs of risk. Ask the person directly about any intentions of suicide. Discuss suicide openly and honestly.
Offer support and encourage hope. Focus on the person’s strengths. Agree to go get help with them. Don’t take on their problems, just try to help connect them. Take all threats seriously.
Share responsibility by involving family, close friends, family doctor, clergy and other support services. Check in by phone, text or e-mail.