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Step Three - Asking

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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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[STEP FOUR - HELPING]
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Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
IMPORTANT
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.

Helplines

The Samaritans116 123
Pieta House1800 247 247
Aware1890 30 33 02
ISPCC Childline1800 66 66 66
Teen-Line Ireland1800 83 36 34

Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
Atrium Business Centre
Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool
Cork City, Ireland
Tel 021 - 242 7173
Email admin@yspi.eu