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 accept “I’m okay now.” (No one recovers immediately from suicidality)