If the suicide threat seems real, with a
specific plan and the means at hand, follow these
Call 911, or
the police if 911 is not
Consider your own safety. If you are in a safe
environment and the person will not harm you:
Stay with the person, or ask someone you
trust to stay with the person, until help arrives.
Don't argue with
the person or make statements like "It's not as bad as you think," and don't
challenge the person by saying "You're not the type to try suicide." Arguing
with the person may only increase his or her feelings of being out of control
of his or her life.
Talk about the situation as openly as possible.
Tell the person that you don't want him or her to die or to harm another
person. Show understanding and compassion.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD