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Are you worried about someone having suicidal thoughts?

Someone who’s having suicidal thoughts may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want help and support. It can be difficult finding the words to express what they are feeling.

Please share the Letter of Hope, written by people of Devon who were once struggling to stay alive.

If you're concerned about someone, you could follow these steps:

Show you care by saying something like: 'I’m worried about you and I want to help' or 'Whatever is bothering you we will get through this together'.

Don’t be afraid to discuss suicide – asking about it won’t put the idea in people’s heads. You could say something like: ‘Do you feel like harming yourself?’ or ‘Do you feel like ending your life?’

Call for help and encourage them to look for help. You could say something like: ‘You are not alone and there are people who can help you out of this situation’ and/ or ‘I will stay with you until you get help’

Please read our resources opposite.

If you are in crisis call 0300 555 5000 or visit our 'I need help now' page or contact Samaritans on 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org.

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