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Talking About Suicide

Talking About Suicide

Talking About Suicide

If someone you know is contemplating suicide or you suspect that they may be wanting to commit suicide, it's very important that you talk to them. It's a myth that talking to people about suicide makes them more likely to commit suicide. You talking about it is only going to help them get treatment and get the help that they need. So how do you go about doing that? Because that feels very overwhelming and stressful and it may feel like you don't want to make the other person feel uncomfortable. Ways to bring it up: the best way would be to just directly ask the person: I'm concerned about you. Are you thinking about hurting yourself or killing yourself? Showing empathy, showing that you care about the person is very important. If you are watching this and you are contemplating suicide, call a suicide hotline immediately. They can get you the help you need. If you are concerned about someone you love or someone you know committing suicide, take them to the nearest emergency room and there they will get the help they need as well.

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Annie Garrett, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

  • Licensed clinical psychologist
  • Co-founder of Westside Psych, providing group and individual therapy for adults and adolescents
  • Specializes in helping adults overcome relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and substance use

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