Risk Reduction and Prevention
Tips on How to Start the Conversation
- Ask. Be specific about your concerns when talking to them. “You haven’t left your room in over a week.”
- Express care and concern.
- Make time and space for the conversation. Do it in a safe, private space and make sure you have time to talk to them.
- Ask if and how you can help them. Remember that you don’t have to be their counselor. You can always call the Counseling Center and speak to a counselor to get additional ideas for future conversations.
- Don’t beat around the suicide bush. If you are picking up on thoughts of suicide, ask them about it directly.
- Encourage or assist them in seeking help, if needed.
- Refer them to the Counseling Center or other help centers.
- Share with others the risk and preventative factors of suicide.
- Reinforce preventative actions individuals can take if they are having thoughts of suicide or know someone who may be.
- Educate yourself on the warning signs of suicide and become an advocate by Starting The Conversation with other individuals.
- Provide concrete steps for finding help. Inform the person that help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and through established service providers and crisis centers.
LGBTQ+ Community - Suicide Prevention
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Updated: 01/25/2022 02:48PM