How you can help with suicide prevention
We can all take action to prevent suicide with some understanding and simple steps.
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When people are in a crisis and can't see a way out, they may have suicidal thoughts about ending their pain.
If you can stop them from making an attempt on their life then they can move past the crisis point and begin their recovery through professional help.1
If you're worried about someone having suicidal thoughts you should ACT IMMEDIATELY by taking the following steps.
2| Listen and stay
3| Get help
If someone's life is in danger:
Even if danger is not immediate, the person needs support to work through their problems. Encourage them to get help and to seek support and more information.
To get support for yourself, go to our Get Help Now page
4| Follow up
Suicide is a preventable cause of death, so it's important to start a conversation with someone you’re concerned about.
For resources about discussing suicide, visit the Conversations Matter website.
Conversations Matter has been developed to help people talk about suicide in ways that break down stigma and show understanding and support for those thinking about suicide and/or those affected by suicide.
Always give someone a reason to hope
Things will not stay this way; they can get better. Tell the person that although you don't know how they feel, you do want to help them get through this.
This crisis will pass. There's help available so they can resolve their problems and feel better again.
1 World Health Organisation, Preventing suicide: a global imperative, 2014, p.47. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/131056/1/9789241564779_eng.pdf?ua=1&ua=1
2 R. Carroll, C. Metcalfe, D. Gunnell, Hospital presenting self-harm and risk of fatal and non-fatal repetition: systematic review and meta-analysis, 2014, http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0089944