Talking with a friend about suicide will not put the idea into their head. There are so many taboos around suicide and talking about suicide that it is very confusing for young people who may need to discuss this very issue with their friends, family or another adult.
Many young people tell us that when they have tried to talk about suicide they are met with various comments:
"We can't speak ill of the dead."
"I don't want that [suicide] brought to our door."
"If we say that word [suicide] it will happen"
"We'll just be putting ideas in your head"
It is vital to realise that TALKING ABOUT SUICIDE DOESN'T MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Here are some ways to ask questions in a caring, non-confrontational way:
"Have you ever thought about suicide?"
"Do you want to die or do you just want your problems to go away?"
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