We can reach out to support friends, loved ones and others who are going through a tough life event or struggling with mental illness, just as we do our friends and family who are struggling with a physical illness

L.E.A.R.N. Saves Lives

Look for Signs:

  • Hopelessness, depression, anxiety
  • Feeling like a burden to others
  • Social withdrawal, isolation
  • Sleep problems
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Loss, rejection or humiliation
  • Giving away possessions
  • Talking about death

Empathize & Listen:

  • Remain calm & offer compassion
  • Avoid judgement or advice
  • When in doubt, just listen
  • "This must be so hard for you"

Ask Directly about Suicide:

  • Asking won't put the idea in their mind, instead it shows you care
  • Asking offers them a chance to share their pain
  • "Sometimes when people feel hopeless, they are thinking about suicide. Are you thinking about suicide?"

Remove the Danger:

  • Lock up & limit access to medications and firearms.

Next Level of Care:

  • Call 800-273-8255, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HEAL to 741741
  • Immediate Danger? Call 911

Fall 2020 Suicide Prevention Campaign

Webinar: Suicide prevention training for Parents and Caregivers