What to Do if Your Loved One is Suicidal

June 28, 2021

If you think that your loved one is suicidal, we understand how scary that might be. We know you might be afraid that you won’t say the right thing or you may not be sure how to get them the help they need.

If someone you love is contemplating suicide, here are some ways you can help them:

  1. Just ask them – No, you don’t want to be brash, but you want to approach them with compassion. There’s a myth that if you talk about suicide prevention, it’ll increase the chances of someone taking their own life. However, that’s not true. Ask them, again, with compassion, about if they’ve had thoughts so bad that they’ve thought about death or ending their life. Also be prepared, if the conversation goes well, with follow up questions that can help them get the proper care they need.

With suicide being the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, it’s important to keep these tips in mind if your loved one is suffering.