Suicide is preventable. If you think someone you know might be considering taking their own life, remember, it’s OK to ask. In fact, it is the most responsible action you can take.
Phrases such as those below can open up conversation.
“Are you OK?”
“You seem really down today.”
“Tell me what’s going on.”
“Tell me how you are feeling right now.”
However, you must also ask directly “Are you having thoughts about killing yourself?” If that is too uncomfortable for you, find someone who can ask.
It is always better to ask directly than not to do so. Studies show that asking at-risk people if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
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