If you’re worried that a friend, loved one, or someone else you know may need help or might try to hurt themselves, trust your instinct. Here’s how to find help for someone in need:
What to do:
- Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
- Ask if he/she is thinking about death or dying
- If yes, ask if he/she has a plan to end their life.
- Take all intents or threats seriously.
- Get help or assistance immediately.
- Never leave a suicidal individual alone unless there is a serious risk to your well-being
If there is apparent immediate danger, ACT:
- Call Lebanon County Crisis Intervention at (717-274-3363).
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
What NOT to do:
- Do not leave him/her alone or let him/her go off alone.
- Do not be judgmental.
- Do not argue, debate, analyze, or moralize.
- Do not try to cheer him/her up.
- Do not try to shock or challenge (e.g. saying “Oh, go ahead and do it if you want to!”)
- Do not assume the person will be fine without professional assessment