Helping Someone Else

It is scary when a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide.

If someone you know is having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need. 

You can help, by getting help.

#BeThe1To promotes five action steps to help you communicate with someone who may be thinking of suicide. The five steps are supported by evidence in the field of suicide prevention.

1. Ask directly if the person is thinking about suicide, then listen to the answer without judgement. If someone says they are thinking about killing themselves, get help by calling 1-800-273-8255 or 9-1-1.

2. Keep them safe by removing their access to lethal means. This may mean removing medications and poisons from easy access, or removing firearms from the home.

3. Be there. Be present for them by making an emotional connection and letting them know that you care.

4. Help them connect to support. Make sure they have hotline numbers and other resources programmed into their phone or written in a place where they can easily find them.

5. Follow up with texts, calls, or face-to-face visits to provide ongoing support. To find out more about the Five Action Steps click here.

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Department of Mental Health
Commissioner Sarah Squirrell
280 State Drive, NOB 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2010
Phone: (802) 241-0090
Fax: (802) 241-0100

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