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Help Someoneat Risk for Suicide

For Immediate Help

For immediate suicide prevention help and assistance, call 1-866-449-8518 (Townhall II Helpline) or 1-877-796-3555 (Coleman).

Help Someone at Risk for Suicide

Nationally, populations with high suicide rates include: white males over 75, Native Americans, police, firefighters and teens. A person attempting suicide may try an average of seven times before completing suicide. YOU CAN INTERVENE.

What you can do to help a depressed or suicidal person

Listen:
Listen carefully. Show your concern.
Allow him or her to express feelings.
 Don’t judge or tell the person how she or he should be feeling.

Talk:
Don’t be afraid to talk about suicide.
Ask directly if he or she is considering suicide. 
Ask concerned questions.
 Express your own concerns in a nonjudgmental manner.

Remember this when helping someone in crisis:
Don’t try to handle it alone. 
Don’t swear yourself to secrecy. 
Don’t ignore the situation, hoping things will improve. 
Don’t leave the person alone.
 Don’t minimize suicidal feelings.

Get help:
Arrange for the person to get professional help quickly.
 If she or he refuses, get help anyway.