Facebook LIVE: Could suicide happen in your family?

How to talk to someone who is contemplating suicide:

1 Ask if you can talk to them in private

2. Ask open-ended questions:

  • You have not seemed like yourself lately?
  • Anything bothering you?
  • How are you doing?
  • Is everything OK?

3. Listen to their story

4. Have you thought about hurting yourself or ending your life?

5. Encourage them to seek mental health services/treatment

6. Remind them it takes courage to do this but it’s the smart thing to do

One other note. If they have lethal means, a gun or other weapon, this is a situation where the most important thing is to not leave them with that weapon. Most likely you have to do many of the steps above before you ask them to hand over a weapon that they may have intended to use to harm themselves.

Use this suicide assessment tool on your mobile phone. It’s not an app in the traditional sense but it’s a good assessment tool.

Suicide assessment tool for all of us
Suicide assessment tool for all of us

For Veterans in Virginia

1. Virginia Veteran & Family Support
2. Mitchell Hash Foundation

Suicide Resources

  • Suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis text line. Text the word start to 741-741
  • Veteran’s Services 1-800-273-8255, press 1

NAMI resource book. (Very popular item. They are looking for a sponsor for printing more. Let me know if you are interested.)

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What did Charles say prior to suicide to indicate his intentions?

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory.

3 thoughts on “Facebook LIVE: Could suicide happen in your family?”

    1. Was that me? If it were a blog post I would have edited it out. But that is definitely not a phrase I want to become a tradition for sure. Sorry about that. Commit suicide is another phrase I do not like. I always use die by suicide. Sometimes on the air you use phrases for lack of being able to remember the right one! Thank you for pointing it out

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