Suicide is a complex public health problem that impacts people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. While there is no single cause or risk factor, we can save lives by knowing the steps for suicide prevention.
Learn what you can do to help.
Five action steps for helping someone
Don’t ignore suicidal thoughts or actions. If you think someone is contemplating suicide, take these action steps:
Be direct: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It sounds difficult, but studies show that asking does not increase suicidal thoughts.
2. Keep them safe
Remove lethal items from the area and get them to a safe place.
3. Be there
You could be in the room with them, on the phone or video chat. Listen to them and acknowledge their feelings.
4. Help them connect
Getting instant help is now easier than ever. Reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988.
5. Stay connected
Even after a crisis, check in with the person at risk. Contact will increase feelings of connection and resilience.
Help is always available at 988
Don’t ignore suicidal thoughts or actions. If you’re worried about a loved one, friend, yourself—anyone—trained counselors are ready now and are always available. The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is free, confidential and open 24/7.
Call or text 988, or chat at https://988lifeline.org/