17. Know the warning signs of suicide. If someone talks about suicide, is preoccupied with death, lacks hope, and/or is obviously self-destructive, steer him or her in the direction of help.
18. If you are concerned about someone who you believe might commit suicide, start a conversation to assess his or her intentions. Ask how he or she is feeling, let him or her know about your concern, and that you want to offer support and help.
19. Don’t promise to keep the secrets of someone you believe to be suicidal. You may have to break your word to get them help.
20. Remain sympathetic and understanding to a friend in need. Avoid arguing and reserve judgment of wrongs.
21. Help a friend who is depressed by helping them steer clear of drugs and alcohol which can alter feelings and spur impulses that may not be healthy. Seek help for anyone with a substance abuse problem.
22. Remember it is better to say something if you suspect a friend or family member has suicidal thoughts or tendencies than to do nothing and regret it later.
23. If you or someone you know is considering suicide (or if you suspect it), seek professional help and ongoing treatment.
24. Don’t leave someone you believe to be suicidal alone. Remove any objects you believe might be used for harm and call for emergency back up.
Note that the above tips are general guidelines and are not intended to replace the advice or knowledge of a physician or healthcare professional. Seek out expert advice and help if you have questions or concerns about your health.