How to Help

How to help someone who’s contemplating suicide.

5-Minute “Helper Tasks” section of the full-length 2008 video, Understanding and Preventing Suicide. Courtesy of the Glendon Association.

  • Get involved, show interest & support
  • Listen without judgment or criticism
  • Let them know you care
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available
  • Take all threats seriously; Ask about any current crisis
  • Make a plan to get them professional help
  • Give them emergency numbers
  • Ask directly about their suicidal thoughts
  • Inform family members & friends
  • Never agree to keep their suicidal thoughts to yourself
  • Remove access to means of suicide