4 things to ask if you suspect someone is suicidalMany times, a depressed or suicidal friend won’t approach you directly to ask for help. If you notice a significant change in someone’s behavior (they seem withdrawn, down, disengaged, or angry, for example), then you might want to initiate a conversation with one or more of these questions.
- You don’t seem yourself lately. [Add observational details]. Are you all right?
- I’m concerned because I’ve noticed a change in you. [Add observational details]. What’s going on? What might help you feel better?
- You seem upset. Do you need to vent? I’m here for you. I’ll listen.
- You seem to be going through something tough. What can I do to support you ?
How to show you care
Are you thinking of taking your life right now?
When did you start feeling this way?
I care about you and I’m here to help.
Have you considered getting professional help?