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Helping someone who has thoughts of suicide

Learn what to do if a friend, family member, child, or co-worker has thoughts of suicide. If a person talks about suicide or about wanting to die or disappear, take them seriously. Don't be afraid to talk to them about it. Feeling connected to oth​ers can help protect people from suicide. Use the following resources to help start a c​onversation and connect to supports.

Remember that supporting someone you care about can also impact your own mental health. If you are worried about someone but you are not ready or able to offer support, share your concerns with someone they trust who can offer help. Or connect them to professional resources. This lets the person you’re worried about know that they matter, even when you cannot offer immediate support yourself.

If this is an emergency, call 911 right away. You can also get help any time, day or night, from helplines and distress lines.

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