Responding To Suicidal Behavior:

Show You Care

Let your friend know that you really care. Ask about how they are feeling. Listen carefully and calmly with your full attention to what he or she has to say. Speak slowly and softly, while taking your time and showing patience and understanding. Never ignore or dismiss their pain or feelings. Begin the conversation: 

  • “I’m worried about you and about how you are feeling.” 
  • “You mean a lot to me and I want to help.” 
  • “I’m here if you need someone to talk to.”

Critical information for urgent situations

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