Suicide Prevention

Our friends, family and loved ones are WY We Talk about suicide. If you think someone you know may be struggling with depression, addiction or another personal challenge, ask them if they’re okay. And it’s okay to ask if they’re considering suicide. Talking about it is how we’ll prevent it.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1.

Suicide Prevention: Conversation Starters

If you or someone you know is in crisis, Wyoming has resources available now.

1.      Let them know you’re listening.

2.     Show your support.

3.     Encourage them to keep talking – and really listen.

4.     Ask them about changes in their life and how they are coping.

5.     Be direct if you suspect they’re thinking about suicide.

6.     Stay calm if they tell you they’re thinking about killing themselves.

7.     Follow their lead and know when to take a break.

8.     Suggest they could benefit from professional help.

9.     Help them connect to professional help.

10.  If they’re concerned about privacy, assure them that mental health treatment is closely protected.

11.  If they’re not in immediate danger, be patient and don’t push too hard.

12.  End the convo by reminding them you’re so glad to connect with them.

Learn more about these steps and how to have conversations about suicide.

  • What do you feel sad about today? Frustrated? Happy? Excited?
  • What are you looking forward to?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years from now? Ten?
  • Share a story about when a time when your sadness felt overwhelming.
  • Who are some of the people you love most?
  • Who are some of the people who love you?
  • What activities make you feel happier?
  • What do you look forward to?
  • Who do you feel comfortable talking to when you’re sad?
  • Do you feel like you’re being listened to?
For additional resources and toolkits for partner agencies and organizations, click here.

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