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They said they’re thinking of suicide. What now?

  • Take a cleansing breath.
  • Don’t freak out.
  • You will be OK.
  • Just listening is effective.
  • Don’t focus on fixing.
  • We want to try to help them save their own life
  • And our goal is to keep them safe for now.
  • Having a conversation lowers risk.

It’s likely you are reading this and you’ve already had the conversation and you are wondering if you “said the right thing.” I want you to know that if you listened with empathy, even if you didn’t say the perfect thing, the other person probably felt heard. Just listening can diffuse an intense suicidal thought … Read more...