The presence of multiple warning signs or risk factors can put someone at higher risk for suicide. Here are some warning signs to be aware of:
Starting a conversation with someone you are worried about can be intimidating. Make sure that you have a private place to talk with no distractions and sometime to have a thoughtful conversation.
Please remember Safety first, if at anytime the person you are concerned for tries to harm themselves or someone else – call emergency services
Asking about suicide directly, with empathy and without judgement is important. This gives the person you are worried about permission to talk about their feelings.
How to start a conversation about suicide?
Although suicide can be difficult to discuss there are different levels of what suicide risk can look like. How to deal with each of these steps is available in Helping Conversations.
Below is a great link that looks at the myths and facts about suicide in youth.
The link below is a resource that provides learnings from people who have contemplated suicide themselves, and how they are working to prevent future deaths. These are the things that suicide attempt survivors want you to know: