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Youth Suicide Prevention  
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

  • Call the local crisis line at 360-586-2800.
  • Or call the national suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255.
  • If someone is an IMMEDIATE harm to self or others, do not wait call 911.

Warning Signs for Suicide

  • A previous suicide attempt.
  • Current talk of suicide or making a plan.
  • Signs of depression, such as moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal.
  • 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 goodbye.

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.
  1. 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."
  1. 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?"
  1. 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."
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  • Mary Ann O'Garro at 360-867-2525 or Email
This page last updated: 12/04/19