- Be direct. Talk openly and matter of factly about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Don't dare him or her to do it.
- Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.
- Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
- Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
- Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
- National Hotline for Children and Parents: 1-800-448-3000 (Sponsored by Boys Town; bilingual crisis intervention hotline)
- Suicide Awareness\Voices of Education (SAVE): www.save.org 1-612-946-7998
- American Association of Suicidology: www.suicidology.org
- Light for Life Foundation of America: www.yellowribbon.org 1-302-429-3530
- Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network: www.spanusa.org 1-888-649-1366
- Suicide Information and Education Centre: www.siec.ca (no number; it is located in Canada)