- Remain calm and choose a private place to talk .
- Use “I” statements to talk about what you have noticed.
- Use a direct approach, Ask:
“Are you thinking of killing yourself?” or “Are you thinking of suicide?”
- Listen and speak non-judgmentally
- Don’t get angry, minimize, ignore, lecture, threaten, debate or moralize.
- Don’t try to counsel them but refer them to resources in this brochure.