“How to Check In”: Three ways … Call, text or chat, and visit.
Recognize the signs.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
Talking about being a burden to others.
Spending more time alone or isolating.
Withdrawing from social activities.
Increased agitated, anxious, sad, or angry mood.
For more warning signs,
“Check In” Say Hello, Hi, What’s Up, Hola, Xin chào, etc. (you may use other languages)
Don’t hesitate to seek clarification and ask for specifics when you have concerns. Ask the question: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
“The thing that we do know very straightforwardly is that it is very safe to ask the question. You will not put someone at risk by asking about suicide.”
-Monica Kurz, Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ.
Listen: People are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.
Help is available.
Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.
Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org (It also offers a chat feature) Phone: 1-800-273-8255
The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.
Follow up. Help them make a safety plan.
A safety plan is a written list of coping strategies and sources of support for people who are at elevated risk of suicide. The strategies found in their customized safety plan can be used before or during a suicidal crisis. https://my3app.org/safety-planning/