IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY DIAL 911
SPEAK APP: WHAT TO SAY
Talking to a friend or family member about their suicidal thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult, but if you’re unsure whether someone is suicidal, the best way to find out is to ask. You can’t make a person suicidal by showing that you care. In fact, giving a suicidal person the opportunity to express his or her feelings can provide relief from loneliness and pent-up negative feelings, and may prevent a suicide attempt.
A complete guide on what to say (http://www.helpguide.org/mental/suicide_prevention.htm)
Key Points to Convey in Your Conversation:
- You are not in it alone. I am here for you.
- You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change
- I may not be able to understand exactly the way you feel, but I care about you and want to help.
- When you want to give up, tell yourself to hold on just a little longer.
Take any suicidal thought or behavior seriously. It’s not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide – it’s a cry for help.
Get Help Now/National > 1-800-273-8255
Get Help Now/Local Putnam County Crisis Hotline > 845-225-1222
Disclaimer: the content in this app is for informational purposes only and should NOT be substituted for professional diagnosis and treatment. If you, or someone you know, are experiencing symptoms of suicide or are contemplating suicide, seek immediate professional attention.