Prevention

If someone you know is exhibiting warning signs, take action immediately. Suicide is one of the most preventable forms of death.

Call our local crisis line at 270-684-9466 for information to help your loved one.

Experts believe most suicidal people don’t want to die – they just want to end their pain. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved.

What you can do

  • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-fact about suicide.
  • Be willing to listen. Allow for expression of feelings and accept the feelings.
  • Get involved. Be available. Show interest and support.
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available, but not glib reassurances.
  • Take action. Remove means such as guns or pills.
  • Get help from people or agencies that specialize in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

What NOT to do

  • Don’t debate suicide or lecture on the value of life.
  • Don’t ask, ‘Why?’ It creates defensiveness.
  • Don’t offer sympathy, offer empathy. (Not pity, but understanding of feelings.)
  • Don’t act shocked. It creates distance.
  • Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Take action – remove means of suicide and get help from professionals.

 

Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc.
Owensboro, Kentucky

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