Take threats of suicide as a cry for help. Always take statements of
suicidal feelings, thoughts, behaviors, or plans very seriously. Any person who
expresses thoughts of suicide needs help right away.
If someone is threatening
Call or text
800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) right away. When people call or text 988, they will be
connected to trained counselors who are part of the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline network. An online chat choice is also available. This service is free
and available 24/7. Or take the person to the nearest emergency room. Or contact
their mental health provider.
Take the person
Don't leave the person
Involve other people. Contact
friends and family members.
Ask direct questions.
Acknowledge the person's
Keep possibly harmful objects
hidden. This includes weapons, firearms, and medicines.
Prepare for the person to
need to stay in the hospital, if the healthcare provider advises this.