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.