How to Intervene if You’re Concerned Someone is Thinking of Suicide

Did you know that every 40 seconds, someone takes their own life? It’s a hard pill to swallow, right? The truth is, if the topic of suicide makes you uncomfortable, you certainly aren’t alone. But, the thing is, as human service professionals, we must empower ourselves with the knowledge needed to save lives.

September is Suicide Prevention Month and a time to shed light on this critical topic. In efforts to bring you the tools to help those in need, we asked Associate Clinical Director Bryan Cantwell how to intervene when there are concerns about a client or loved one having thoughts of suicide.

Bryan also discussed the importance of asking the question, “Are you thinking of suicide?” While many people are afraid to ask because they think they’ll plant the idea into someone’s head, the reality is, most people report feeling relieved when asked.

It’s also important to know that if someone is at high risk for suicide because they have a plan and means to execute that plan, it becomes an emergency. If they are unwilling to go to the hospital to be evaluated, you will need to call 911.

That said, if you’re struggling, know that you don’t need to bear the heavyweight of sadness without support. It might feel like you’re alone in your struggles, but there are people out there who care about you and want to help. Call a friend or family member, and don’t be afraid to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For more information on the warning signs of suicide and intervention, check out the blog, “Save a Life- Know the Warning Signs of Suicide.” 

We want to thank each of you for the impactful work you do in your community. It is your commitment to youth and families that is paving the way to a bright future for our state. Remember, each of us has the power to make a difference, one child and family at a time.

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