Helpful basic guidelines:
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Listen with your full attention-take your time, be patient Speak slowly, softly, calmly Acknowledge the pain Reassure, be positive Identify individuals (s)he can trust for support and help Formulate a plan for getting help, building hope Remove lethal means and substances safely and immediately Offer help/hope in any way you can-know your own limits Do not allow yourself to be the only person who can help
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Acting shocked Reacting with anger Interrupting and offering advice Minimizing or discounting the problem A r g u i n g a b o u t s u i c i d e b e i n g “ r i g h t ” o r “ w r o n Judging, condemning Causing guilty feelings Getting over involved or owning the problem g
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Ignore the behavior Promise total confidentiality or agree to keep a secret. Try to forcefully remove a weapon Leave a youth alone if you think there is an imminent danger of
CONTACT Telephone Counseling Service
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Finger Lakes Region 2-1-1
Cayuga County Community Mental Health Center
24-hour Crisis Line Cayuga Counseling Services Emergency Medical or Police Services
The Jed Foundation
Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide