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 an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. 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. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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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