What Can You Do?
Become aware of others around you. Take time to listen;
the simple act of showing you care can make the difference
between a person attempting suicide or seeking help. Learn
to recognize the subtle clues and warning signs of the troubled
individual. When you suspect someone is suicidal or in need,
contact an expert who can provide practical, knowledgeable
One good rule is not to take full responsibility by yourself,
but find the best possible resources that can help the troubled
Experts in suicide prevention have learned that suicidal
feelings are temporary. Crises can be resolved; help is available.
The suicidal crisis is usually not what the person thinks
it is - a crisis of abandonment or emotional pain. In reality,
it is a crisis of unclear thinking, and can be helped by psychological,
psychiatric, and social treatment. A good rule of life is:
Never do any serious, irreversible act while you are upset.
If you suspect that someone you know is suicidal, don't be
afraid to talk about it. The clues you may be hearing or seeing
are often an unconscious invitation for you to help. Most
suicidal people have opposing feelings of wanting to die and
at the same time wanting to live. Ask the person about his
or her feelings and the changes that you gave noticed. Let
he person know that you want to help.