According to the National Institutes of Health, Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States, but the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15-34. If you know someone at risk for suicide, please consider and remember these five steps:
- Ask: Research shows that if you ask the individual about suicide in a direct but caring way it can provide an opportunity to discuss the situation and offer solutions for help.
- Keep them safe: Studies show that those with suicidal thoughts and access to lethal means are at a much higher risk to die by suicide. Removing lethal items can provide a safer environment.
- Be there: Be there to listen without judgment.
- Help them stay connected: Helping the individual to create a network of resources and provide linkages with them can help reduce feelings of hopelessness.
- Follow up: Ongoing support and recurrent check-ins is vital to suicide prevention efforts.