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Golden Rules of Suicide Prevention

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  • Listen to what people say to you and show that they can open up to you..
  • Don't be afraid to ask direct questions about suicidal thoughts - you won't put ideas into their head.
  • Never keep suicide a secret.- if someone asks you to keep their suicidal thoughts a secret you cannot keep that promise.
  • Dont try and deal with a situation on your own - always seek advice from a trusted adult or a medical professional
  • If someone is talking about an immediate suicide attempt, don't leave them alone and seek immediate help.

 For more information see "4 Steps to Help"



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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
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.


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Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
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Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool
Cork City, Ireland
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