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Responding to Suicidal People

Show you care. Connect on a feeling level. Listen.

  • Ask, "How are you feeling?"
  • Say, "I'm concerned about you. I noticed you haven't been going to class."
  • Listen with respect. Most individuals in distress want understanding and care.

Ask about suicide directly!

  • Don't be afraid to ask about suicide directly. Talking about suicide does not put the idea in a person's head. That is a myth!
  • Say, "Sometimes when people are feeling as upset (sad, depressed) as you are, they often think about suicide. I'm wondering if you're having thoughts of suicide."
  • If the individual responds with a "yes," say "I'm worried about you, and I want you to be ok."
  • Ask, "Have you thought how you would kill yourself?"
  • If the person has a plan, he or she is at an increased risk of attempting or completing suicide

Get help. Explore options. Offer resources.

  • Ask, "Who can help?" "Who usually helps?"
  • Avoid being the only lifeline. Consult with an RLC Personal Counselor. Remember, FERPA allows you to share information you observed or heard with another college official.
  • Remember, FERPA allows you to share information you observed or heard with another college official.
  • Ask, "How would you feel about going to the Counseling Center?" "Let's walk over right now." "I'll walk over with you."
  • Richland College Counseling Services is in the Lakeside Resource Center. El Paso Hall, Room E082 and can be reached at 972-238-3771 or 972-238-3777. Mondays - Thursdays 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. | Fridays 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • If the person is actively suicidal, call 911 or 972-860-4290 from a cell phone.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines

  • 1-800-273-TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • 972-233-2233 Contact Crisis Help Line
  • 972-233-8336 Teen Crisis
  • 972-233-2428 Contact Crisis En-Espanol