How Can You Help?

5 steps to help someone in crisis (NAMI)

    1. Ask the tough question. When somebody you know is in emotional pain, ask them directly: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
    2. Keep them safe. Ask if they know how they would do it, and separate them from anything they could use to hurt themselves. If you think they might be in immediate danger, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) dial 911.
    3. Be there and listento their reasons for feeling hopeless. Listen with compassion and empathy and without dismissing or judging.
    4. Help them connectto a support system — whether it’s family, friends, clergy, coaches, co-workers, a doctor, or a therapist — who they can reach out to for help.
    5. Follow up. Reaching out to them in the days and weeks after a crisis can make a meaningful difference — and even help save their life.
    6. Become an advocate:
      • Volunteer with your local crisis center
      • Donate to your local crisis center
      • Get training in suicide prevention

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