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Suicide Prevention - Getting Help
- Recognize risk factors/warning signs
- Stay with the person if possible
- Encourage expression of feelings
- Listen without passing judgment
- Make empathic statements
- Do not offer reassurances that may not be true
- Do not offer simplistic solutions
- Assess risk and lethality
- Is the individual making threats? Don't be afraid to ask.
- Does the individual have a plan?
- How specific is the plan? (time frame, details, chance of intervention)
- Does the individual have access to means that would assist in carrying out the plan?
- Has the individual made any previous attempts?
- Explore options for support in the environment
- Get family and friends involved with the person's knowledge
- Leave the person alone
- Assume the person isn't serious
- Act shocked
- Encourage guilt
- Physically intervene
- Promise total confidentiality/offer reassurances that may not be true
- Keep it a secret
- Minimize the problem/offer simplistic solutions
- Use reverse psychology
- Give up hope
- Call for professional help
- If you are a student - tell a trusted adult (parent, other relative, teacher, counselor, crisis hotline)
- Know your community resources
- Maintain connection with service providers and individuals at risk