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How to talk to someone if you're thinking about suicide

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Step 1: Who to talk to

Decide who you want to talk to about this. To begin with, you only need to pick one person – someone you trust and feel safe talking with. This person might be a friend, a family member, a trusted adult in your life. If you are not sure who to talk to, you can also call a helpline.

Step 2: How to talk to them

The next step is to work out how you want to have the conversation. You can do it via text, online chat or phone, or even talk face-to-face. Choose the way that is most comfortable for you.

Step 3: What to say

It can feel scary or awkward, but it is helpful to get straight to the point. Use conversation starters like, ‘I’ve been thinking about suicide a lot lately', ‘Recently, I’ve been feeling like I’d rather not be here anymore.'

Step 4: Start the conversation

Once you’ve decided which opening statement feels right for you, it’s time to just do it.

Step 5: Keep the conversation going

You did it! Now keep talking with this person and checking in with them. Let them know how you are doing and reach out to them if you get stuck in a cycle of dark thoughts. You can also reach out to more people you had in mind.
You can also consider talking to a professional, who will be better equipped to help you through this challenging time.

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