Talking directly, sensitively and respectfully about suicide helps to re-establish connections, and invites people to engage with us and feel less alone. Talking about suicide does not 'plant the seed' and cause someone to take their life.
Help Someone at Risk of Suicide
People sometimes take their lives when feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and pain overtake their feelings of hope.
Know the warning signs of someone who may be at risk of suicide:
IS PATH WARM
Ideation (suicidal thoughts, or talking about suicide): Saying things like: "If I were gone..." "I can't see the point of living any more", "they'd be better off without me"; "I want to die"; "I want to kill myself"
Substance Use (an increase in drug and or alcohol consumption)
Purposelessness (lacking a sense of belonging, worth, or purpose in life)
Anxiety/Agitation (feeling more distressed, nervous and anxious than usual)
Trapped (feeling like there is no where to go/no ability to rid oneself of suicidal feelings)
Hopelessness/Helplessness (feeling that life has no meaning and that there is no hope for the future. Feeling helpless to change the situation and move forward).
Withdrawal (isolation from friends, family and activities that once brought pleasure.).
Anger (marked changes in expressions of anger and/or hurt)