If you’re worried your friend is at risk of suicide, call local emergency services. Don't wait. When you're concerned you have a suicidal friend or they've told you they are having suicidal thoughts, it can be hard to know what to say. Be a good listener, keep the conversation going and encourage your friend to talk to a trusted healthcare professional. Stay connected to your friend and check in with them regularly.
Suicide is complex and influenced by many factors. At Meta, we've worked with suicide prevention experts to understand the best ways to support someone having suicidal thoughts. These tips come from Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention.
The Orygen #chatsafe guide provides beneficial tools and resources for having safe conversations with friends who may be in distress. Created for educators, the guide can provide helpful models for safe language when talking about suicide and can empower young people to safely engage with suicide-related content.