Among the most frequently asked questions about teen suicide is whether it’s appropriate to ask someone if they’re thinking about killing themselves. The answer is yes. Ask the question.
Teens who exhibit warning signs for suicide have likely already thought about it. Asking about it starts a conversation. The Youth Suicide Prevention Program advocates taking these steps if you’re worried someone might be suicidal.
- First, show you care. Ask how they feel. Listen carefully.
- Second, ask the question directly: “Are you thinking about suicide?”
- Third, get professional help. Don’t try to handle the situation on your own.