If they say they are not thinking suicide:

  • Keep probing if you remain concerned.
  • Let them know that you would want to help them if they ever do have thoughts of suicide.
  • Do NOT express relief or say “Good!” if the person says they are not suicidal. If they actually are feeling suicidal, they may think you don’t really want to know.
  • Encourage them to contact a mental health provider.
  • Give them the National Hotline number and ask them to download the Lifeguard app.
  • Maintain contact to provide support and encouragement.