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  • If your friend mentions something suicide or self-harm,

  • take them seriously,

  • If you believe that theyre in danger,

  • call 911 or the Poison Control Center immediately.

  • Your friend’s life is more important than their privacy.

  • WellCasters,

  • have you ever had someone just

  • want to end it all permanently?

  • It’s never easy to think about her here.

  • Yes, life can get so complicated and overwhelming.

  • It’s hard to even imagine that things would ever get better again.

  • But most people bounce back.

  • Unfortunately, some don’t.

  • Suicide is a tragedy that affects everyone.

  • And it’s one of the leading causes of death for people 24 and younger.

  • Here’s what to do

  • if you suspect your friend who might be having thoughts of suicide.

  • Tip 1: Learn to recognize dangerous signs.

  • Has your friend talked about feeling hopeless or anxious?

  • Have you noticed the change of your friend's behaviour

  • acting withdrawn, sleeping less, sleeping a lot more?

  • Maybe theyre abusing alcohol or drugs.

  • Giving away their belongings

  • Maybe your friend has even talked about hurting themselves

  • or worse, wanting to die.

  • For a complete checklist of suspect behaviors,

  • pause and print out our worksheet.

  • Tip 2: Initiate a dialogue in a non-judgmental way.

  • Sit with your friend down In a comfortable or a familiar environment

  • where the two of you can talk privately freely

  • Start by telling your friend how much you care about them

  • but some other behaviours have concerned you.

  • Refer to our worksheet for ideas on how this conversation might flow.

  • If you determine that your friend is in danger,

  • and then they need help immediately,

  • please call 911

  • Household items like pills or razor blades,

  • they quickly become lethal weapons in the hands of the suicidal person.

  • Tip 3: React with feeling

  • If your friend does confide in your thoughts on suicide,

  • be compassionate and make it known that youre there to listen.

  • Don’t aim to change their mind.

  • Start an argument or give advice.

  • Many people who attempt suicide don’t actually wanna die.

  • they just want their suffering to end

  • and suicide seems like the only avenue.

  • Engage in conversation with your friend

  • and find out what’s hurting him.

  • Tip 4: Shift the focus from sources of pain

  • to resources for treatment.

  • In addition to external challenges,

  • your friend might also be fighting internal demons

  • that require professional care.

  • Depression, anxiety, other mood disorders

  • are often present in the suicidal.

  • Many of these illnesses can be diagnosed and treated.

  • Encourage your friend to seek help

  • and offer to work with them to locate a mental health professional or clinic.

  • We strongly recommend leaping their family members into this process.

  • Tip 5: Lastly, stay connected

  • Even after your friend has sought help,

  • he seems to be on the path to healing.

  • Encourage other friends, roommates or family members

  • to check in on your friend during this vulnerable time.

  • This is an especially important step.

  • Since many suicides occur in a period of a poor improvement.

  • Listen, this video is a starting point.

  • Please do your own independent research to identify more resources.

  • But here are few we recommend,

  • You can save a life

  • just by reaching out to someone who’s in need.

  • Well, that's all for me today, WellCasters.

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