Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I help someone who is talking about Suicide?

It can be scary when a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide. Let us help. If someone you know has any warning signs we encourage you to call 1-800-7WE-CARE (793-2273) so that you can find out what resources are available in your area.  The Crisis Center of Southeast Texas will help with resources such as counseling or in-patient treatment centers for your friend or family member. Most importantly, please encourage them to call the Hotline.

 

How To Be Helpful to Someone Who Is Talking About Suicide

  • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.

  • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.

  • Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.

  • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.

  • Don't dare him or her to do it.

  • Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.

  • Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.

  • Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.

  • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.

  • Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

 

Be Aware of Feelings

Many people at some time in their lives think about suicide. Most decide to live because they eventually come to realize that the crisis is temporary and death is permanent. On the other hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. These are some of the feelings and thoughts they experience:

  • Can't stop the pain

  • Can't think clearly

  • Can't make decisions

  • Can't see any way out

  • Can't sleep, eat or work

  • Can't get out of depression

  • Can't make the sadness go away

  • Can't see a future without pain

  • Can't see themselves as worthwhile

  • Can't get someone's attention

  • Can't seem to get control

If you experience these feelings, get help! If someone you know exhibits these symptoms, offer help!

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