Talking about suicide or asking someone if they feel suicidal will encourage suicide attempts
Talking or asking about suicide does not create or increase risk; it can help to reduce it.
The best way to find out if someone has thoughts of suicide is to ask them directly and be willing to discuss this with them. This can be a source of relief for them and can be key to preventing the immediate danger of suicide.
Please see the Contacts section for agencies that can help if additional support is needed.
Some people are always suicidal
Many people can have thoughts of suicide at some point in their life while other people have thoughts of suicide on a regular basis.
Some people/groups are at increased risk for a range or reasons; however, each person is unique. Anyone can have thoughts of suicide and can affect people of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and cultures.
There is not a ‘type’ for suicide, and it is important to take every direct alert or indirect indication that someone is thinking about suicide seriously.