How to Talk about Suicide
If you’re a reporter wanting to know about safe messaging for reporting on suicide, check out these helpful guidelines.
For everyone else, it’s important to acknowledge the fact that talking about suicide is the best way to prevent it from happening. Our words are our most valuable assets when someone we love is in crisis. Through a caring conversation, we can show someone they are not alone, they are loved, and there is hope.
The fact that talking about suicide is endlessly helpful doesn’t mean it’s not still difficult to do. A lot of us are nervous about talking to a loved one about suicide because we’re frightened we might say the wrong thing. We want to ease your fears. Below are some tips for talking about suicide with the people in your life.