I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately.
When did you begin feeling like this?
How can I best support you right now?
I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help.
2.Respond quickly in a Crisis
Do you have a suicide plan? (PLAN)
Do you have what you need to carry out your plan (pills, gun, etc.)? (MEANS)
Do you know when you would do it? (TIME SET)
Do you intend to commit suicide? (INTENTION)
3.Offer Help and Support
Encourage positive lifestyle changes Make a safety plan Continue your support over the long haul Contact local agencies for help Recognize signs Communicate concerns to loved ones or friends Maintain close contact with person Take threats seriously Seek professional advice Encourage treatment for depression or emotional problems Make home safe by securing guns with trigger locks in a locked cabinet
Family history of suicide Prior attempts Change in sleep/appetite Change in personality Acting impulsively/recklessly Saying “goodbye” Self-destructive behavior Seeking out lethal means No hope for the future Self-loathing Self-hatred Getting affairs in order
How Do You Remember The Warning Signs of Suicide?
Here’s an easy-to-remember Mnemonic:
IS PATH WARM? I – Ideation S – Substance Abuse P – Purposelessness A – Anxiety T – Trapped H – Hopelessness W – Withdrawal A – Anger R – Recklessness M – Mood Change