Responding To Suicidal Behavior:

Offer Hope

Offer hope that there is a better future and its worth fighting for – that things will get better. Keep the conversation positive, while still being careful to be understanding. Reassure them that their life has purpose and meaning and they belong. Suggest:

  • “There are people in your life who would be really hurt if you weren’t there.”
  • “You really matter to me and to others, like ____.” (name someone they care about) “You are not alone.”
  • “It’s hard to see it right now, but this will pass with time. Things will get better.”

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