How to Intervene
Talking to someone about suicide does not put the idea in their head, and talking about it can help to set them on the path to recovery.
- Be available to listen, to talk, to be concerned
- Acknowledge that a threat or attempt at suicide is a plea for help
- Take the student seriously
- Set aside own ideas about suicide and try to remain calm
- Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide
- Refer them to Tuttleman Counseling (215-204-7276) and make them aware of the suicide prevention resources available
- Continue to check up on them and be available for support
- Remind them that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength
- Ignore your limitations
- Don’t minimize the situation or depth of feeling
Remember: Helping a friend or student who is in distress can be stressful, so be sure to take care of yourself too!