Most people are uncomfortable talking about suicide.
However, talking about suicide does not increase the
risk that someone will attempt suicide.
If someone needs help NOW (available 24/7)
- Call the local crisis line at 360-586-2800.
- Or call the
national suicide prevention
- If someone is an IMMEDIATE harm to self or others, do not wait
Warning Signs for Suicide
- A previous suicide attempt.
- Current talk of suicide or making a plan.
- Signs of depression, such as moodiness,
- Strong wish to die or preoccupation with death.
- Giving away prized possessions.
- Increased alcohol and/or drug use.
- Hinting at not being around in the future or saying
What You Can Do
There are three very important things to do, if you notice
warning signs for suicide or if someone tells you
they are thinking about suicide.
- Show you care. Let the person
know you really care. Talk and listen carefully to
what they have to say.
- "I'm worried about you, about how you feel."
- "You mean a lot to me. I want to help."
- "I'm here, if you need someone to talk to."
- Ask the question. Be direct
and specific in a caring, non-confrontational way.
Get the conversation started.
- "Do you want your problems to go away?"
- "Are you thinking about suicide?"
- "Do you really want to die?"
- Get help. Never keep talk of
suicide a secret, even if you are asked to. It's
better to risk a friendship than a life. Do not
try to handle the situation on your own. You can
be the most help by getting them help.
- "I know where we can get some help."
- "Let's talk to someone who can help - now."