Suicide rarely happens without warning, and you might be in the best position to notice and assist a friend who needs help. Because suicide rarely happens without warning, you may see signs yourself, hear about them secondhand, or see something online in social media. Here are three key things you can do to help a friend who is suicidal:
1. Do not be afraid to talk to your friend.
Listen to their feelings. Make sure they know how important they are to you. But, don’t believe you can keep them from hurting themselves on your own. Preventing suicide will require help from adults.
2. Don’t keep this secret.
Never keep secret a friend’s suicidal plans or thoughts. You need to speak up to save your friend’s life, even if they ask you to promise not to tell.
3. Tell an adult.
Don’t wait to talk to your parent, your friend’s parent, your school’s psychologist or counselor, or any other trusted adult. Don’t be afraid that grown-ups won’t believe you or take you seriously. Talk to someone even if you are unsure your friend is suicidal. This is definitely the time to be safe and not sorry!