As we continue going though the 5 steps for helping someone struggling with suicidal ideation during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we will be discussing how to ask someone if they are they are thinking about suicide. And just as a friendly reminder, the #BeThe1To campaign has adjusted their steps this year to help us stay connected during physical distancing.
During times of physical distancing, you can use the same approach when asking someone if they are thinking about suicide. In addition to being generally alert for potential risk in all loved ones, it is useful to pay special attention to people that you know already struggle or have struggled in the past with emotional distress. Make sure to reach out more frequently to talk and check in and don’t wait for them to come to you to ask for help or connection. Helping people stay connected can help to prevent people from thinking about or acting on thoughts of suicide.
Additionally, asking a suicidal person about suicide does not put the idea in their minds, it actually gives them the opportunity to talk about it and express themselves. By simply asking “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates to your loved one that you are open for discussion in a non-judgmental and supportive way. Other questions to ask can include “how do you hurt?” or “How can I help you?”
For more information, visit the source https://www.bethe1to.com/bethe1to-and-covid-19/.
If you or someone you know are exhibiting any warning signs of suicide, please seek help by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).